Clarification about resonant molecules

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Clarification about resonant molecules

Postby AGaeta_2C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:11 pm

I wasn't sure where to post this, but why are resonant molecules more stable? Thank you in advance!

Alice Chang 2H
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Re: Clarification about resonant molecules

Postby Alice Chang 2H » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:46 pm

According to this website (https://www.sparknotes.com/chemistry/organic1/covalentbonding/terms/):
Resonance stabilization - Because resonance allows for delocalization, in which the overall energy of a molecule is lowered since its electrons occupy a greater volume, molecules that experience resonance are more stable than those that do not.


Also according to a Quora post I found asking a similar question,
Because these delocalized electrons can occupy other atoms' orbitals, they can satisfy their octet! This makes these molecules less likely to react, therefore more stable!


Hope this helps somehow!


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