# What makes a resonance structure more stable?

**most stable resonance structure**will have a full octet on every atom. 2. The

**most stable resonance structure**will have the smallest possible number of charges. The

**most stable resonance structure**will have negative charges on the

**most**electronegative atoms and positive charges on the least electronegative atoms.

Considering this, does more resonance mean more stable?

**Resonance** stabilization - Because **resonance** allows **for** delocalization, in which the overall energy of a molecule is lowered since its electrons occupy a **greater** volume, molecules that experience **resonance** are **more stable** than those that **do** not. Valence electron - The electrons in the outermost energy shell of an atom.

Beside above, why does resonance increase stability? **Resonance increases stability** by **increasing** the bonding between adjacent atoms and by distributing charge over a greater number of atoms.

Correspondingly, how do you know if a resonance structure is stable?

**Rules for estimating stability of resonance structures**

- The greater the number of covalent bonds, the greater the stability since more atoms will have complete octets.
- The structure with the least number of formal charges is more stable.
- The structure with the least separation of formal charge is more stable.

What makes a Lewis structure stable?

An atom, molecule, or ion has a formal charge of zero if it has the number of bonds that is typical for that species. Typically, the **structure** with the most charges on the atoms closest to zero is the more **stable Lewis structure**.