After completing this section, you should be able to
- explain what is meant by the term “aromatic compound.”
- identify the aromatic portions present in naturally occurring compounds, given the necessary structures.
Make certain that you can define, and use in context, the key term below.
At this point in the course, we shall use the term aromatic to describe those compounds which contain a benzene ring. A broader definition of aromaticity will be given in Section 15.3.
Figure 15.1: Two common ways of representing a benzene ring