Calculation of bond length

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Samantha Chung 4I
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Calculation of bond length

Postby Samantha Chung 4I » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:23 am

Is there a way that we can deduce bond length of a resonsance structure by knowing their other bond lengths? For example, in NO3, we know the bond length of N double bond O and N singe bond O?

Elena Saab 4A
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Re: Calculation of bond length

Postby Elena Saab 4A » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:04 pm

The resonance bond length is around the average of the bonds that compromise it. I don't think at our level we can know exactly the bond length.

Ryan Troutman 4L
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Re: Calculation of bond length

Postby Ryan Troutman 4L » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:20 pm

I believe knowing the exact bond length is outside the scope of the course, but knowing that bond length exists and how resonance is tied in with it is enough to know for the course (as of now).

Alicia Gibbons 1B
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Re: Calculation of bond length

Postby Alicia Gibbons 1B » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:05 pm

When a molecule has a single bond and double bond that connect the same element to another element like in NO3-, in reality the double bond won't be shorter than the single bond. Instead, both bonds will have a length somewhere between the length of a double bond and a single bond. Determining this is probably beyond the scope of the course, but knowing this fact quantitatively would be useful.


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