problem 4.91

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problem 4.91

Postby skyeblee2F » Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:02 pm

According to the textbook and solutions, benzyne (C6H4) is highly reactive because of the sp hybridization of two of the carbon atoms (there are two double bonds and one triple bond). Can someone explain to me how hybridization has an effect on how reactive a molecule is?

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Re: problem 4.91

Postby Carissa Young 1K » Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:06 pm

The hybridizations of sp of 2 of the 6 C atoms want to be in a linear arrangement with 180 degree angles but can't because of the constrainment of being in a 6-membered ring whose angles are close to 120 degrees. This makes benzyne highly reactive with these hybridzations.

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