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Homework 3.71

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:45 pm
by Anna Lapuos 3C
How do we know which structure would more likely make the dominant contribution to a resonance hybrid? Does it have to do with the structure with the lower energy?

Re: Homework 3.71  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:51 pm
by Miranda 1J
In such cases you would try to find which structure has a formal charge closest to zero, indicating a more stable molecule (0 being the most stable).

Re: Homework 3.71

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:16 am
by Akash_Kapoor_1L
Remember to use the equation, Fc = V - (L + s/2), where V = the number of valence electrons, L = the number of lone electrons, s= the number of shared electrons to calculate the formal charge of each atom in the molecule!!

Re: Homework 3.71

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:17 am
by Akash_Kapoor_1L
Also, yes, the most dominant and stable resonance structure will be the one with the lowest energy, which means that it will have a formal charge closest to 0...