The equilibrium lies to the left.
Work Step by Step
- Compare the stability of the conjugate bases. 1. Atom - Both bases have their charges on an oxygen, so that isn't a factor. 2. Resonance: - The conjugate base on the left can spread its charge between 2 oxygens. - The conjugate base on the right has its charge spread over only one oxygen. - Therefore, the base on the left should be more stable. 3. Induction: - Induction will not be significant in this case. 4. Orbitals: - The orbitals will be insignificant in this case. - Based on factor 2, we know that the base on the left is more stable. - Therefore, the equilibrium will lie to the left.