Rearrangements: Carbocation Stability

by James

 

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Audrie Dugger March 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Why are the primary allylic and primary benzyllic approximately equal in stability? It seems that the benzyllic would be more stable because the partial positive charge would be shared by 4 carbons in the benzyllic carbocation, and only two carbons in the allylic. Is this a molecular orbital theory thing?

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