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Conjugation Lowering Energy?

  1. Feb 28, 2014 #1
    Can someone explain, possibly in layman's terms, how conjugation such as with aromatic compounds lowers the overall energy; making it more stable?

    Could someone also explain why aromatic compounds are more stable than through conjugation alone and what the difference is?
     
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  3. Feb 28, 2014 #2

    Maylis

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    It has more resonance structures
     
  4. Feb 28, 2014 #3
    Can you explain how resonance structures work?
     
  5. Feb 28, 2014 #4

    Maylis

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    Basically, molecules have electrons that are moving around, so the resonance structure tries to capture the fact that electrons are all around the molecule, and sometimes more electrons are near a certain element within the molecule.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resonance_structure

    More resonance structures means that the electrons are more spread out, so the molecule is more stable.
     
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