Resonance Structures and Energy/ Stability

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Gabrielle Schwab 1G
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Resonance Structures and Energy/ Stability

Postby Gabrielle Schwab 1G » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:31 pm

I am still a little confused why a compound with resonance structures has lower energy and therefore is more stable than if it didn't have any. I know it says the answer in the book but I am still unclear. Can someone explain please?

Alexis Kupka 1H
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Re: Resonance Structures and Energy/ Stability

Postby Alexis Kupka 1H » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:37 pm

In resonance structures, electrons are delocalized. This means the electrons are spread out over several atoms and when the electrons are spread, the molecule will have a lower charge density. A lower charge density makes it more stable.


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