which is more stable- saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbons. why?

Asked by sonali garg | 19th Dec, 2013, 09:01: PM

Expert Answer:

Saturated molecules have only sigma bonds, which are very stable and hard to break.  

An unsaturated hydrocarbon is more reactive.

Unsaturated molecules have pi bonds, and they are weaker. They deform the orbitals slightly and are more strained.  Therefore, they are easier to break and will react faster.

 

Answered by Vaibhav Chavan | 20th Dec, 2013, 11:41: AM

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