Do you expect hexatriene #C_6H_8# to have multiple resonance structures?

1 Answer
Aug 9, 2015


Yes, hexatriene has multiple resonance structures.


The structure of hexa-1,3,5-triene is


We can draw many resonance contributors for hexatriene.

#"CH"_2"=CH-CH=CH-CH=CH"_2 ⟷ stackrel(-)("C")"H"_2"-"stackrel(+)("C")"H-CH=CH-CH=CH"_2 ⟷ stackrel(-)("C")"H"_2"-CH=CH-"stackrel(+)("C")"H-CH=CH"_2 ⟷ "etc."#

All but the first contributor have a separation of charge, so they are high-energy contributors and relatively unimportant.

Hexa-1,3,5-triene has only one important resonance contributor.