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 Fe(CO)5 exists, but Fe(NH3)5 doesn't?

Like in title: Why $\ce{Fe(CO)5}$ exists, but $\ce{Fe(NH3)5}$ doesn't? Edit: As Jan Dvorak pointed out, it may exist. If so: why is it so unstable?
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Which enolate of butanone is more stable?

Consider butanone (A) and its two possible enolates B & C. Which of the two enolates will be more stable? B because of the more stable primary carbanion, or C because of more stable enolate (...
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Why are organic ortho acids unstable? [duplicate]

Ortho acids like orthoformic acid (methanetriol, $\ce{HC(OH)3}$), orthocarbonic acid ($\ce{C(OH)4}$), and orthoacetic acid (ethane-1,1,1-triol, $\ce{H3C\bond{-}C(OH)3}$) are known to be unstable and ...
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Why do compounds form if overall energy of free ion increases according to CFT

According to crystal field theory, a free ion has certain energy and its energy increases when it is symmetrically surrounded by ligands. Now the degenerate d orbitals split into two new set of ...
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Does resonance overrule hyper conjugation in terms of stability in alkenes? [closed]

Which of the following is more stable ? $\ce{CH2=C(CH3)-CH=CH2}$ $\ce{CH3-CH=CH-CH3}$ I was going for answer 2 because it has 6 hyper conjugative effects. I found the answer given to be ...
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If both nitric acid and nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes the nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium?

If both nitric acid and nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes the nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium? Can the same argument be applied to nitrous acid and nitrite ion in ...
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Atomic orbitals: how is bond strength related to stability, energy, bond length?

I have a lot of confusion regarding atomic orbitals and I don't know if what I am having in mind is even correct or not. The bond dissociation energy of H-H is greater than that of Cl-Cl and as far ...
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Why is dipositive dilithium more stable than neutral dilithium? [closed]

According to J.D Lee, compounds with fraction bond number are unstable. I calculated that the bond order of $\ce{Li2^2+}$ is 0.5 while that of $\ce{Li2}$ is 1. Hence, $\ce{Li2^2+}$ must be less stable ...
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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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Hydrogen isotope effect on methyl shift

Consider this typical 1,2 methanide shift in a carbocation: Which isotopic form of methanide ($\ce{CH3, CD3, or CT3}$) would migrate from secondary carbocation to form more stable tertiary ...
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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 isn't just a fully occupied valence s orbital stable?

Why arent elements like calcium with an electron configuration of $[\text{noble gas}]\ n\mathrm{s}^2$ stable, although all the populated orbitals are fuully filled? Why is it necessary to obtain an ...
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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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Comparing stability of two carbocations [duplicate]

Which of the following ions(A and B respectively) is more stable? How can we explain this on the basis of resonance? Here's what the solution said: Structure (A) is a primary carbocation and has no ...
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Why is iron pentacarbonyl known, but iron(III) hexacarbonyl is not?

Why is the neutral complex $\ce{[Fe(CO)5]}$ known, but the cationic carbonyl complex $\ce{[Fe(CO)6]^3+}$ is not known?
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Which resonance structure would be favorably contributed to the actual structure?

Total number of pairs of resonating structure in which second is more favorable than first: I know (d) and (e) have second structure more stable. (f) has both same. According me to, (a) and (c) ...
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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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