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Unformatted text preview: Resonance Resonance Resonance Resonance Resonance Resonance Resonance Resonance Structures Reading: Gray: (214) OGN: (3.4) C C H H H H H C C C H H H H H C C C H H H H H C Resonance Structures [C 3 H 5 ] : two structural possibilities for  however, the actual molecule is neither of the two structures:  H C C H H H H H C Resonance Structures: Another Example Two structural possibilities for benzene: C C C H C C H H H H H C C C C H C C H H H H H C C C C Each C  C bond can be thought of as a 1.5electron bond in the actual structure C C H H H H H C Formal Charge Formal Charge : the difference between the number of valence shell electrons for an element and the number of electrons surrounding it in a molecule (including half of the bond electrons and all the free electrons) Example: The leftmost carbon has 3 bonds with 2 electrons each, plus 2 free electrons; so it has 5 electrons surrounding it. The formal charge equals the valence electrons minus surrounding electrons: 4  5 = 1 = Formal Charge Reasonable Resonance Structures 1. Form octets if possible 2. Maximize bonding 3. Distribute formal charges in a reasonable wayminimize if possiblemore negative on more electronegative atomsavoid same sign on neighboring atoms Drawing Resonance Structures Count the number of electrons available, and devise a reasonable structure having that many electrons example:[CO 3 ] 2 8e in bonds +16e as free electrons 24e total O C O O O C O O O C O O C 4e O 3(6e ) + 2 extra electrons 24 electrons total  O N N O N N N N O N N O N 2 O 2(5e ) + 6e = 16e this structure wont work: no octets on Ns nor this one: high formal charges +2 O N N nor this one: such configurations are destabilized by ring strain + best structures possible Resonance Structures of N 2 O + C...
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2008 for the course CH 1a taught by Professor Lewis during the Fall '08 term at Caltech.
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