Resonance problem

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  1. Syntav

    Syntav 2+ Year Member

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    Answer is C.
    Wouldn't all of the resonance structures be equivalent? could someone explain? any help is appreciated.
     
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    You're correct in saying that they would all be equivalent, but there are still 3 individual O atoms that can each have the double bond at some point in the ground state. Therefore, you would have 3 ground state resonance structures despite the fact that they're all equivalent.

    I'm not sure if this helps, but think of benzene - it's also a symmetrical molecule that has many ground state resonance structures that are essentially identical, but they still each count as an individual resonance structure.
     
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    Yes, that helps. Thank you!
     

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