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Which of the following species exhibits resonance?

msp;  CH 4 ,  OCl 2 ,  NO 2 ,  HCN (C is the central atom)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Out of the given compounds, the species which exhibit resonance are to be predicted.

Concept Introduction:

Resonance structure is a blend of two or more Lewis structures. Resonance structures are represented by a double headed arrow between the structures.

Condition for resonance is:

If the structure contains electrons in the parallel p orbitals which must be coplanar, then it exhibits resonance.

Explanation

Methane does not exhibit resonance because hydrogen does not have p orbitals.

OCl2 does not exhibit resonance because the orbitals of both the atoms are filled and there are no empty orbitals in oxygen atom to accept a pair of electrons from the adjacent chlorine atoms.

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