Delocalized

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Tatiana 4B
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Delocalized

Postby Tatiana 4B » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:48 pm

What is the exact definition of delocalized electrons?

Brian Hom 2F
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Re: Delocalized

Postby Brian Hom 2F » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:55 pm

In chemistry, 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. Basically, it means that the electron is equally shared among the atoms.

Adam Vuilleumier 2K
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Re: Delocalized

Postby Adam Vuilleumier 2K » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:27 pm

As Brian stated, delocalized electrons are spread out between atoms in equal proportions. Another way of saying this is that each atom has an equal electron density around it. It is important not to confuse "delocalized" with "electron movement". This is because electrons often behave as waves. To believe that the electrons are moving from atom to atom when the electrons are delocalized is to believe that electrons are particles rather than waves.


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