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15.0 Introduction

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  • Objectives

    After completing this section, you should be able to

    1. explain what is meant by the term “aromatic compound.”
    2. identify the aromatic portions present in naturally occurring compounds, given the necessary structures.

    Key Terms

    Make certain that you can define, and use in context, the key term below.

    • aromatic

    Study Notes

    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.

    benzene shown with three double bonds and then with a delocalized ring

    Figure 15.1: Two common ways of representing a benzene ring


    Dr. Dietmar Kennepohl FCIC (Professor of Chemistry, Athabasca University)