Greater The Number Of Resonating Structures For A Given Intermediate
The greater the number of resonating structures for a given intermediate, the more likely that intermediate is to be present.
Resonating structures are a type of structure that can be formed by intermediates, and they’re the same as the number of intermediates.
There are two types of resonating structures:
- Resonating Structures with a single intermediate bond – These have one intermediate bond and form when an atom has more than one resonance form (a term we’ll discuss later). For example, if we have an oxygen atom with three bonds to other atoms but still wants to be bonded to another oxygen atom, we can put another bond between them that looks like it could be either single or double in nature. This means each possible combination will have its own resonance form!
An intermediate is a molecule that has two or more resonance structures.
The number of structures for an intermediate depends on how many bonds are present in the molecule.
Number Of Structures
The number of structures is equal to the number of resonating structures.
In other words, if you have a structure and it has a resonating structure, then you have two structures. This can be represented by an equation:
(n-1) = n
The takeaway here is that the more resonating structures there are in the intermediate, the more likely it is that a reaction will proceed smoothly and efficiently.
In conclusion, the number of resonating structures for a given intermediate depends on the number of resonating groups.