Delocalized Electrons

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Delocalized Electrons

Postby 505095793 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:48 pm

I don't understand how delocalized electrons work. How are the electrons distributed over several atoms?

Mukil_Pari_2I
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Re: Delocalized Electrons

Postby Mukil_Pari_2I » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:48 pm

Its a pretty general term actually. As far as I know, its just not associated with a single atom or a covalent bond.

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Re: Delocalized Electrons

Postby Laura Gong 3H » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:36 pm

Delocalized electrons are present when a molecule can do resonance, meaning the electrons are equally distributed across the bonds of a molecule even though the lewis drawing may indicate otherwise. (This is a limitation of drawing lewis structures.)

The electron distribution will be the same across the molecule when the electrons are delocalized.

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Re: Delocalized Electrons

Postby Yixiao Hu 3C » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:02 pm

delocalized electrons are electrons in a molecule, ion or solid metal that are not associated with a single atom or a covalent bond. The term is general and can have slightly different meanings in different fields. It's just a general term and I don't think it will be tested

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Re: Delocalized Electrons

Postby gwynlu1L » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:33 pm

you can think of it less as the electron being in 2 bonds at once, and more as the electrons having equal probability to be in a certain bond at a certain time. Don't focus much on the lewis structures for a visual sense, since that is the limitation of the drawings.

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Re: Delocalized Electrons

Postby Nicolette_Canlian_2L » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:35 pm

This will also relate to sigma and pi bonds, which we will learn about later. It will make more sense when applied to these concepts.


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