Additional Stability

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Additional Stability

Postby Alara Aygen 3K » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:41 pm

Hi! Can someone explain me the reason why delocalized electrons have additional stability?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Additional Stability

Postby SophiaNguyen_2L » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:56 pm

Hi! I think it's because since the electrons can move around, they can fill up the orbitals of other atoms to complete a full octet. This would make the molecules less likely to react I believe, so that's why it'd be more stable

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Re: Additional Stability

Postby Samantha Pedersen 2K » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:59 pm

My understanding is that delocalized electrons are shared equally among multiple atoms rather than confined to a single atom. This means that the charges and energy of the electrons are spread over a wider area than they would be if the electron was confined to a single atom. Therefore, the energy at any given area of the molecule is lower and thus the molecule as a whole is more stable. I hope this helps!

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