CHED Julianne Smist, Carmen Gauthier, Nicole Snyder  Thursday, August 26, 2010 

446 - Resonance structures: What they are and what they aren't

Carmen J. Giunta Department of Chemistry & Physics, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, United States

The concept of resonance structure is a perennial source of confusion and misconception in introductory chemistry courses. At least three distinct sources of confusion can be identified: the association of the term resonance with oscillatory phenomena, the similarity of the resonance arrow to reaction and equilibrium arrows, and the ontological status of the idealized components of a resonance hybrid. Examination of the history of resonance structures reveals that similar confusion attended the concept from its inception.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 10:05 AM
Busted: Myths of a Chemical Nature (08:00 AM - 10:55 AM)
Location: Seaport Hotel
Room: Seaport Ballroom A


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