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Pyridine has 6 bonding ( π ) and 2 nonbonding electrons, which statement is true regarding resonance in pyridine?


A

All of these electrons are involved in resonance

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4π and 2 non-bonding electrons are involved in resonance

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Only 6π electrons are involved in resonance

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D

Any of the 6 electrons

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Solution

The correct option is D

Only 6π electrons are involved in resonance


Refer the molecular orbital structure of pyridine where the six π electrons are derived from p orbitals lying parallel to each other, while the two nonbonding electrons on N belong to sp2 orbital which lies perpendicular to the ring.


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