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sruthy.chip... , asked a question
Subject: Chemistry , asked on 1/3/11

Is single bond or triple bond more reactive?


Anandita , added an answer, on 2/3/11
172 helpful votes in Chemistry

triple bond is more reactive than single bond. this is because the pi bonds that form the triple bond  are formed by sideways overlapping of p orbitals. and this side ways overlapping is weak and can be easily broken by addition reactions. the planar over lapping of single bonds is however strong.

the order of reactivity of multiple bonds in general is ;  single< double < triple.

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