Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Resonance Imaging

So, some of you think Resonance Theory is outdated huh? Well, try this question! Do you think you can tell me which carbon atoms would most likely bear the positive charge in this cation without Resonance Theory:

I've drawn out the resonance hybrid (i.e. the actual molecular structure) of this ion. I'll give you a hint: there are four carbon atoms that could bear the positive charge. :)


It seems like no one has given a go at this, but oh very well; if you can mentally draw the set of resonance structures in your head, this should really be problem at all:

And that's that! Haha.

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