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Resonance and Acid strength

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:26 pm
by curry 1E
What does resonance have to do with acid strength? Thanks

Re: Resonance and Acid strength

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:33 pm
by Ryan 1K
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.