why is benzene not considered a alkene?

Asked by Vandana Angelina Kerketta | 22nd Oct, 2013, 11:56: AM

Expert Answer:

Benzene is not an alkene. Benzene is fairly inert and fails to undergo reactions that characterize normal alkenes.

It is best described as an aromatic compound. Due to delocalization of six pi-electrons in benzene, it shows aromaticity.

If it would be an alkene, it should undergo addition reactions and should show characteristic behavior of alkenes. But benzene is highly stable compound and does not give addition reactions.

Answered by Hanisha Vyas | 23rd Oct, 2013, 10:59: AM

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