A Molecular Orbital Approach to Organic Chemistry
Simplicity is one of the main attributes of “electron pushing.” Using a relatively small number of basic rules, one can rationalize a vast number of organic reactions, predict the products of reactions on new systems, and design new reactions. It does not really matter if electron pushing has little physical reality. What does matter is that the method works and that it is fast and simple. Sophisticated theoretical approaches, often requiring prodigious amounts of computer time, can also predict organic chemical behavior, but they are often not useful in the day-to-day routine of most organic chemists.
KeywordsMolecular Orbital High Occupied Molecular Orbital Lower Unoccupied Molecular Orbital Correlation Diagram Terminal Carbon
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