Aromaticity

What does 4n+2 mean?

What does 4n+2 mean?

June 29, 2012

The other night a student came to me with a question about aromaticity. “There’s one thing I don’t get”, she said. “They say a molecule has to have 4n+2 electrons. How do you find n?” Teachable moment! “n” is not a characteristic of the molecule! Let me explain. In order for a molecule to be aromatic, it […]

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