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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Why are noble gases stable? [duplicate]

Generally, noble gases are very unreactive. Why? I understand that it has to do with electron shielding prospective electrons that could join the atom or leave and the energies associated with both ...
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Why are noble gases stable

I was recently asked the question "Why are noble gases stable? with the expectation of providing an answer beyond the general explanation of "they have full valence layers" and I couldn't think of one....
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Acetone-resistant clear plastic

Is there a plastic that's clear, acetone resistant, and ideally sold in sheet stock that's ~1/8" or 1/4" thick? Both acrylic and polycarbonate are out, they turn cloudy on contact with acetone. I ...
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Effect of intramolecular hydrogen bonding on the stability of a molecule

What will be the effects of intramolecular hydrogen bonding on the stability of a molecule? Will it increase or decrease the overall stability of a molecule? Or will it not have any impact on the ...
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Oxygen or carbon with a positive charge? (comparison of canonical structures)

Which of the contributing structures of the resonance is more stable? I'm watching a video lecture by a professor of my college where he puts this question to the class. The class unanimously ...
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How to determine the worst resonance structures out of a given set?

So I was "happily" doing organic chemistry homework when I came across this question: For 1-methoxy-1,3-butadiene, which of the following resonating structure is the least stable? $$\begin{...
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How to determine the relative contribution of resonance structures when different rules give contradictory outcomes? [duplicate]

In order to determine the relative contributions of resonance structures, my textbook gives the following rules (in order): The more covalent bonds a structure has, the higher it scores. Structures ...
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Is cis- or trans-cycloundecene more stable? [duplicate]

While reading about cis/trans isomerism in cycloalkenes, I came across the following statement: When the number of carbon atoms in a cycloalkane is less than 11, the cis form is more stable than ...
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What is the reason for the exceptional stability of tricyclopropyl-cyclopropenyl carbocation?

The stability order of the following is: A. III > II > I > IV B. II > III > I > IV C. I > III > IV > II D. I > III > II > IV Answer: I came across a question ...
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Does 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol give a positive Lucas test? [duplicate]

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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Why are stable ionic charges so strongly related to the group number?

Why do lighter elements have ionic charges so strongly related to the group number? For example, why does $\ce{Al}$ only show +3 ionic charge? The basic concept of stability in an ionic compound is ...
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Why does 2+ oxidation state become more stable relative to 3+ oxidation state for first row of transition metals? [duplicate]

I viewed an image showing all the possible oxidation states of each element in the first row of transition metals, and the main oxidation states highlighted in a different colour. I noticed all ...
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Why hyperconjugation can't stabilize carbanion?

If Resonance can stabilize both carbo cation and anion then why can't hyperconjugation stabilize carbanion ? Since both Resonance and Hyperconjugation are pretty much the same, i.e both involve ...
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Comparing the stabilities of allylic, benzylic, and tertiary radicals

Which is the most stable free radical among the given species? (1) $\ce{CH2=CH-CH2^.}$ (allyl radical) (2) $\ce{C6H5-CH2^.}$ (benzyl radical) (3) $\ce{(H3C)3C^.}$ (t-butyl radical) (4) $\ce{...
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What is the relation between solubility and thermal stability? [closed]

The thermal stability of alkaline earth metals increases down the group for hydroxides i-e., Be(OH)2 is less stable than Ba(OH)2. The solubility also increases down the group for these compounds i-e., ...
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What are the properties of COₓ where x ≥ 3?

$\ce{CO_x}$ are part of the oxocarbon molecule class. Commonly known are $\ce{CO}$ and $\ce{CO2}.$ However, there are molecules in which $x$ is equal to or larger than $3.$ Those molecules are barely ...
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Which conformations of 2,3-dimethylbutane are more stable?

I am not sure what the proper arrangement of these conformations are from least to most stable. I got the wrong answer, but my thinking was this: First, I thought that because 2 and 4 are in eclipsed ...
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Stable physiological buffer to make NAD+ solution

I was wondering what would be the most stable physiological buffer for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), for potential storage as frozen aliquots - 6 months stability or around there would be ...
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Is the reaction of anhydrous aluminium(III) chloride and anhydrous ethanol reversible?

I'm planning an experiment that I'll do in silico in the near future, and one of the steps involves the extraction of the $\ce{AlCl3 · C2H5OH}$ adduct without any water in it. Can the ethanol be ...
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What is tetrasulfur like? Why is there so little experimental information about it?

Phys.org's How sulfur helped make Earth habitable before the rise of oxygen says Mapping the bonds and vibrational modes of molecules containing sulfur isotopes is helping to shed light on the ...
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What's the reason for the instability of ethylene dione?

Ethylene dione, with a chemical formula $\ce{C2O2}$ and an IUPAC name of ethene-1,2-dione, is an oxocarbon. The Wikipedia page says: The existence of $\ce{OCCO}$ was first suggested in 1913. ...
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Stability order of chelate complexes of nickel and iron

Which stability order is correct? $\ce{[Ni(en)2]^2+} > \ce{[Ni(dmg)2]}$ $\ce{[Fe(edta)]^2-} > \ce{[Fe(en)3]^3+}$ In the first case I think the stability depends upon the strength of the ligand ...
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What is the stability order of the carbocation and carboanion?

So I came up with examples as below: 1 2 Now I am confused about the +I and -I effect in these structures since to my knowledge it can only be applied when there is a substituent (I might be wrong)...
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Classic/killer/easy application for the deuterium kinetic isotope effect?

I'm a physicist. While visiting someone's o-chem class I learned about the existence of the deuterium kinetic isotope effect. This seems like an extremely sweet example of zero-point energy, and I ...
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Stability of alkenes

The following question was asked on myPAT website: I started with the solution by counting the hyper-conjugative structures available to each alkene. Based on this concept only, order is: I > ...
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What is the order of stability of the cyclobutyl and cyclopropyl carbocations?

I know about the exceptional stability of Cyclopropylmethyl carbocation. In some books it is given that cyclopropyl and cyclobutyl carbocations are highly unstable due to their high strain. That ...
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Why do alkyl substituents stabilize alkenes?

My textbook states that because $sp^2-sp^3$ bonds are stronger than $sp^3-sp^3$ bonds, alkenes are more stable than alkanes. The rule given is that bonds with more $s$ character are stronger. However,...
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Reaction of aqueous sodium carbonate with aluminum foil

Aqueous sodium hydroxide is known to react with aluminum foil in an exothermic, hydrogen-gas releasing reaction like $$\ce{2NaOH(aq) + 2Al(s) + 2H2O(\ell) → 2NaAlO2(aq) + 3H2(g)}$$ However, on ...
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Long-term storage of Ascorbic Acid mixed with Sodium Bicarbonate

Every day I mix two parts of ascorbic acid powder with 1 part of sodium bicarbonate powder and place the resulting powder into an airtight container. I have noticed that if the resulting powder is ...
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Cupric and cuprous copper [duplicate]

Copper has two chlorides: $\ce{CuCl2}$ and $\ce{CuCl}.$ Copper reacts directly with chlorine to form a copper(II) chloride. Why doesn't it form copper(I) chloride? Is it because $\ce{CuCl2}$ is more ...
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Which of the two structures is more stable?

Which of the two structures is more stable? As far as I know, alkenes with a greater number of hyperconjugating structures are more stable. Hyperconjugation has a greater stabilizing effect than ...
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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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Do ferrous sulfite and aluminum sulfite exist?

Source: Concise Chemistry-ICSE (Class X)SELINA PUBLISHERS Pg 207 In this book, it is mentioned that ferrous sulfite and aluminum sulfite does not exist. I even tried searching these on Google but ...
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Difference between thermodynamic and kinetic stability

What is the difference between thermodynamic and kinetic stability? I'd like a basic explanation, but not too simple. For example, methane does not burn until lit -- why?
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Maximum lifetime of plastic on earth

[EDITED] If humans disappeared today, and aliens visited in the future, for how long would plastic or other "obviously" non-natural polymers be detectable on the planet, using known or plausible ...
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Which is most stable conformation of optically inactive butane-2,3-diol?

The most stable conformation of optically inactive butane-2,3-diol is: (A)  (B)  (C)  (D) I chose C as the correct answer but, in the answer key it is given to be B. C is the ...
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Why are aromatic compounds so stable?

I've never actually been told deeper reasons for this. In organic chemistry classes (1 and 2) we're usually told that aromatic compounds are very stable whereas anti-aromatic ones are not, and also, ...
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Stability Comparison between the Tropylium and Tricyclopropylcarbinyl Carbocation

Why is the Tropylium carbocation less stable than the tricyclopropylcarbinyl carbocation? The tricyclopropylcarbinyl carbocation undergoes a sigma-tropic rearrangement whereas tropylium is highly ...
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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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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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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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How to determine number of alpha hydrogens in a cyclic compound?

How do we determine the number of alpha hydrogens in a compound? Where should we start the naming from? For example, bicyclo[4.2.0]oct-7-ene and bicyclo[4.2.0]oct-3-ene: Compare the stabilities of ...
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What is meant by 'stability'?

I'm currently learning about substitution and elimination reactions and to do so I need to learn about bases and nucleophiles. Apparently a good base is an unstable species. What does stability ...
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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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Why are lithides not known?

In the last few decades, many alkalides - anions of alkali metals - have been synthesised. The most famous is undoubtedly that of sodium: $\ce{[Na(\text{2.2.2-cryptand})]+Na-}$, but the alkalides $\ce{...

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