Resonance and Acid strength

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curry 1E
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Resonance and Acid strength

Postby curry 1E » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:26 pm

What does resonance have to do with acid strength? Thanks

Ryan 1K
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Re: Resonance and Acid strength

Postby Ryan 1K » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:33 pm

Resonance stabilizes the products of acid dissociation reactions by delocalizing the negative charge so it is spread out more evenly among all the atoms. Since the product is more stable, the equilibrium is shifted to the right, leading to a stronger acid since it will more readily dissociate.

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