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Homework Help: C-O bond and C=C bond.

  1. May 10, 2013 #1
    Question Statement:
    Which of the above is less stable and more reactive?

    Relevant Equations:
    None really.

    Attempt at solution:
    Well, the C-O bond's bond energy is lower so I argued that since it takes less energy to break this bond than it does to break the C=C double bond, then it (C-O) is less stable and more reactive. Is the correct or am I wrong in making that assumption?

    Apologies for the lack of a proper layout. Sending this from my phone.
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  3. May 10, 2013 #2


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    Organic chemistry is definitely something I shouldn't comment on, but if the bond energy is lower it is an important indication. Another thing to consider is whether the bond is polar or not, as polarized bonds are easier to attack (many reactions start with reagents attacking atoms with a partial charge).
  4. May 10, 2013 #3
    Cool. Thanks for that. Although, I didn't consider the polarity at all.
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