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Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:24 pm
What's happening with the orbitals when electrons are delocalized?
Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:18 pm
A delocalized electron is an electron in an atom, ion or molecule not associated with any single atom or a single covalent bond.
Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:36 pm
Orbitals aren't actual physical "places" for electrons to stay in, they just describe the probability of finding an electron in a specific region. So if an electron isn't "in" an orbital, that orbital doesn't exist, because the probability of finding an electron there is zero.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:57 am
In terms of resonance Lewis Structure, electrons can be delocalized if they are free to move throughout the plane. This means that a double bond between Oxygen and Nitrogen, for example in the structure NO3, can be moved between any of the Oxygens while the remaining two form a single bond with Nitrogen.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:06 am
In the terms of this class, it's an electron that isn't associated with a bond or single atom, so it's free to move about in the atom's space. It isn't "localized" or held to a specific region, like it would most likely be if it were in a bond.