By Peter Sykes
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4 Hyperconjugation The relative magnitude of the inductive effect ofalkyl groups is normally found to follow the order, as would be expected. g. a double bond or a benzene nucleus, this order is found to be disturbed, and in the case of some conjugated systems actually reversed. It thus appears that alkyl groups are capable, in these circumstances, of giving rise to electron release by a mechanism different from the inductive effect. This has been explained as proceeding by an extension of the conjugative or mesomeric effect, delocalisation taking place in the following way: H I H-C-H H H-C I H H" H-C I H H" H-C I He This effect has been called hyperconjugation, and has been used successfully to explain a number of otherwise unconnected phenomena.
The classical definition of acids and bases is that the former are proton donors, and the latter proton acceptors. This was made more general by Lewis, who defined acids as compounds prepared to accept electron pairs, and bases as substances that could provide such pairs. g. boron trifluoride (39), which acts as an acid by accepting the electron pair on nitrogen in trimethylamine to form the complex (40), and is therefore referred 30 Structure, reactivity, and mechanism to as a Lewis acid. Electrophiles and nucleophiles in organic reactions can be looked upon essentially as acceptors and donors, respectively, of electron pairs, from and to other atoms-most frequently carbon.
The position of minimum free energy thus corresponds to the attainment of equilibrium by starting materials/products. In a reaction for which there is no free energy change (AGO = 0) K = 1, which corresponds to 50% conversion of starting materials into products. Increasing positive values of AG* imply rapidly decreasing fractional values of K (the relationship is a logarithmic one), corresponding to extremely little conversion into products, while increasing-negative values of AGe imply correspondingly rapidly increasing values of K.