Questions tagged [stability]

Applied to a chemical species, the term expresses a thermodynamic property in reference to a standard, stating that one state is lower in energy than another. The tag should be applied to questions seeking answers with respect to the stability (or instability) of a certain chemical species, molecular entity and/or electronic structure. It must not be applied to questions about the reactivity of particular chemical species.

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Does 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol give a positive Lucas test?

I learnt that the Lucas test involves the formation of a carbocation and it gives a positive test based on the stability of the carbocation formed, and hence primary alcohols do not show turbidity (...
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Things to consider to determine stability of a compound to another? [duplicate]

Some Compounds with higher bond dissociation energy seem to be more reactive towards certain compounds then ones with lower bond dissociation energy , so what are the things you need to factor in to ...
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Shouldn't it take more energy to break CO2 compared to CO? [closed]

I read in a book that bond dissociation energy of carbon monoxide $(\ce{CO})$ is $\pu{749 kJ/mol}$ and carbon dioxide $(\ce{CO2})$ is $\pu{532 kJ/mol}.$ Shouldn't it take twice as much energy to break ...
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How to find the strongest base using stability arguments

Answers: The most acidic is D and the most basic is A. So first off I compared A with B: I'm kinda confused on this. I looked at the base NH one and saw that when it was protonated it lost its ...
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On the stability of methyl mercury

Question: Given that $\ce{Zn, Hg}$ are in the same group, how to explain that $\ce{Hg(CH3)}$ is stable but $\ce{Zn(CH3)}$ is unstable and $\ce{Hg(CH3)Cl}$ is stable? $\ce{Hg(CH3)}$ seems to have an ...
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Molecular Orbital Hybridization vs Delocalization for positive charge stabilization

While studying Molecular Orbital Theory, I ran into a comparison of basicity between pyridine and piperidine. The latter was concluded to be more basic because of the sp3 hybridization of the ...
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Which is more stable: isobutylene or cis-2‐butene?

How do you compare which is more stable without using the heat of hydrogenation or combustion or any other numeric factual value: $\ce{(CH3)2-C=CH2}$ or $\ce{CH3-CH=CH-CH3}$ (cis)?
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Why are palladium and platinum carbonyls unstable at room temperature?

By palladium and platinum carbonyls, I mean the mononuclear, homoleptic, charge-neutral, binary carbonyl complexes of the form $\ce{M(CO)_n}$ and not any heteroleptic complexes like $\ce{Pd(CO)(PPh3)3}...
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Relevance of strain energy, total energy and stability of molecule?

Would anybody please highlight the difference between total strain energy of a molecule, total energy of a molecule and what we can infer about the stability of the molecule using the total strain ...
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Reason Behind Decrease In Potential Energy [closed]

Atoms combine to gain stability. They gain stability when they lose energy. In my book, it's given that the potential energy of the system is reduced during chemical combination. But I am eager to ...
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Stability of the alkenyl and phenyl cations

One reason often cited for why alkenyl and phenyl halides do not undergo nucleophilic substitution by the $\ce {S_N1}$ mechanism is that the formation of the alkenyl and phenyl cations involve a ...
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Stability of Cycloalkyl Carbocations

What is the order of stability of the cycloalkyl carbocations? I think the stability should increase as we move from cyclopropyl carbocation to cyclohexyl carbocation, since the angle strain is ...
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Which of the following carbanion is most stable?

The carbanion which is most stable is The answer is 1. But why won't the answer be 2 because it shows resonance, whereas 1 only shows I effect and resonance effect is more dominant?
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Which of these chlorides is more reactive? [duplicate]

We do learn that for $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction the rates are tertiary > secondary > primary > methyl. The reasons mentioned are usually inductive and hyper-conjugative effect. But which of the ...
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Half/fully filled orbital stability

Beryllium the configuration is [He] 2s2 i.e fully filled but still quite reactive Also in neon [He]2p4 , neither half filled nor fully filled, still quite stable compound (As it forms compound with ...
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Why doesn't H₄O²⁺ exist?

I know this question has been asked previously but I cannot find a satisfactory explanation as to why is it so difficult for $\ce{H4O^2+}$ to exist. There are explanations that it is so because of $+2$...
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More stable carbocation, tertiary or benzylic? [duplicate]

This is a very confusing question that which is more stable, benzylic or tertiary butyl carbocation? Some sources say benzylic due to resonance some say tertiary due to +i effect and 9 ...
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Determination of the most acidic hydrogen in an organic compound

Identify the most acidic hydrogen in the compound below: Can someone please explain why is $\ce{H^\mathrm{a}}$ in the compound below more acidic than $\ce{H^\mathrm{b}}$? This is what is ...
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Stability and Resonance [duplicate]

The linked answers do attempt to clarify on 'stability' but I wanted an answer with specific connection to resonance. For example, the ethanoate ion can exist in many forms but, as we know from data,...
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Which of the 2 structures is more stable?

As far as I know, alkenes with more number of hyperconjugating structures are more stable. Hyperconjugation has a greater stablizing effect than Inductive effect. So, (d) should be more stable as it ...
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Chugaev and Selenoxide Elimination giving different products

In class we are going over intramolecular elimination. In this question I will provide two similar reactants that provide a different mixture of products. The chugaev elimination gives a 50/50 ...
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What are the total amount of resonance structures for these two cations and which is the most stable cation?

Please see the following two cations. I have proposed the following resonance structures. Please let me know if I have missed something. Thank you.
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Does hyperconjugation into sigma-star explain methylamine's increased basicity relative to ammonia?

The inductive effect with the polarisation of the C-N bond obviously plays a role in stabilising the positive charge of the conjugate acid. But given the similar electronegativities for C and H, CH3 ...
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Define, (actually define) the “stability” and “energy” of a compound

When we say a conformer or compound is of "higher energy" than another, are we quantifying energy in terms of the bond strength? Or are we going off of how much energy it takes to break the bond? I ...
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Stability of alkadienes

Which of the following is the most stable? (i) Conjugated alkadiene $(\ce{CH2=CH-CH=CH2})$ (ii) Isolated alkadiene $(\ce{CH2=CH-CH2-CH=CH2})$ (iii) Cumulated alkadiene $(\ce{CH2=C=CH2})$ (...
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Why benzene has more heat of hydrogenation than cyclohexene? [duplicate]

According to me, benzene is more stable than cyclohexene due to its aromatic nature. Therefore the heat of hydrogenation of cyclohexene should be more than benzene (because I read that heat of ...
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Stability of carbocation

While comparing the stability, as the $\ce{CH3}$ group is electron donating, the first structure should be more stable due to this reason. But apparently the second one is more stable. Is there ...
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Why is Acetic acid (pKa = 4.76) stronger than carbonic acid (pKa = 6.36)? [duplicate]

In order to try and understand this, I evaluated it via stability of conjugate bases. The acetate vs carbonate ion. The only difference is what's attached to the carboxyl group, the $\ce{-CH3}$ and ...
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Stability of methoxy-methyl and tropylium carbocations

Which is expected to be more stable: methoxy-methyl carbocation $(\ce{CH3-O-CH2+})$ or tropylium $(\ce{C7H7+})$ cation? I think because oxygen would donate its lone pair so there will be complete ...
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Stability order of carbocations [duplicate]

These are some of the most stable carbocations, but what is the relative stability order between them. According to me it should be: C>D>B>A........ I came to this conclusion because both C and D ...
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Perpendicular orbitals in aryl and vinyl carbocations? [duplicate]

This point (iv) has been given under reasons for extremely low reactivity of aryl and vinyl halides. I cannot understand it. First of all, isn't the positive carbon atom in phenyl as well as vinyl ...
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Why does delocalization lead to stability? [duplicate]

If the electrons are relatively more stable when they are delocalized than when they are localized between two atoms, then why do we have bonds formed in the first place? Forming of bonds between two ...
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How does hyperconjugation lead to stability?

I know that hyperconjugation leads to delocalization of electrons between filled and unfilled orbitals and thus greater stability (that's what most textbooks said). However, I think that it reduces ...
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Why is a carbon to iodine pi-bond less stable than a carbon to fluorine pi-bond?

This question comes from a second semester undergraduate organic chemistry course. Please refer to the image below with regard to the question. My understanding of the trend in section 4a is that "...
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Carbanion Stability [closed]

I was wondering that whether a Cross-Conjugated or a Extended-Conjugated carbanion is stable I have sort of memorise that a Cross-Conjugated one is more stable For example, Which of the Carbanion is ...
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Which Carbocation is most stable among the three? [closed]

According to me the answer should be (C) as that Carbocation will be stablized by resonance with Chlorine. I have read that resonance is the biggest deciding factor about the stability of a ...
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Stability of formyl chloride [duplicate]

Why is formyl chloride unstable? I know it is just a combination of CO and HCl. But why it is unstable whereas other acyl chlorides are stable, like acetyl chloride?
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Stability of tertiary carbocation [duplicate]

Our teacher told us that a carbocation connected to 3 cyclopropane rings is among the most stable carbocations. But I am unable to understand how, as resonance (the most important factor governing ...
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Stability of alkene

Sorry for this silly doubt but why is CR2=CH2 alkene more stable than CHR=CHR alkene? Both have same number of alpha hydrogens. I thought that the latter is more stable as in its trans isomer, the R ...
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Could Be2- exist?

I understand that Be2 cannot exist, since it has as many electrons in the antibonding as in the bonding orbitals. But it seems to me that since the next electron would go into the πu orbital, which ...
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Thermodynamic stability and Inertness [duplicate]

The following is from my teacher's notes: The reaction (where the reaction mixture is thermodynamically unstable but kinetically inert) tends to go as indicated by a positive total entropy change, ...
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Which has more enol content?

According to me, resonance in {a} is more effective than {b}. And for monocyclic ketones, enol has very less content. I say {1} has lesser enol than {2}. Which is right?
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Is there a thermodynamic driving force for racemisation?

Why does racemisation occur? My doubts are: Is it due to entropy? If it is due to entropy, how is the reduction of optical activity by racemisation a consequence of increased thermodynamic ...
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According to MO theory, why is the dilithium cation more stable than the dilithium anion?

According to molecular orbital theory, $\ce{Li2}$ fills up two electrons in the $\sigma_\mathrm{g2s}$ molecular orbital; $\ce{Li2+}$ fills up one electron in the $\sigma_\mathrm{g2s}$ MO, and $\ce{...
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Resonance structure and stability

Does the existence of resonance structures always translate as stability? I've been taught that resonance structures generally "spread out" charge in order to compensate for deficiency or excess of ...
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Comparing thermal stabilities of MgCl2 and BaCl2

I read that to compare thermal stabilities of ionic solids: if the solid has a monoatomic anion, we compare thermal stability on the basis of lattice energy which is inversely proportional to size. ...
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Instability due to neutrons

Why does an excess of neutrons leads to instability? For example, both $\ce{^{3}H}$ and $\ce{^{4}H}$ are unstable, with respective half-lives of $3.89\cdot 10^8$ and $1.39\cdot 10^{-22}$ seconds. ...
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Why is ninhydrin stable as a geminal diol? [duplicate]

The following image depicts the structure of ninhydrin - $\ce{C9H6O4}$ Ninhydrin, as you see has two hydroxyl group attached to same carbon. In general, geminal diol (or gem-diol, for short) are ...
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Why doesn't cyclopropyl methyl carbocation stabilises itself by ring expansion? [duplicate]

I have been taught that ring expansion stabilises smaller cyclic compounds to a great extent. So why does cyclopropyl methyl carbocation shows such type of resonance rather than expanding its ring ...
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Ring Expamsion And Final Structure

[If you don't like to read the question just look at the 3 pictures the first one has the carbocation which have to be stabilised by ring expansions the other 2 are my predicted structure so please ...