## Organic Chemistry Solutions: #2
2. Five and six-membered rings of carbon atoms are favored (i.e. more stable) over rings that have other numbers of atoms. Explain why. Because electrons repel each other and wish to be as far apart as possible, we can deduce the following:
Because of each angle of a regular polygon is 180
From these tables, it is clear that five and six-membered rings are the ones that come the closest to the preferred bond angles of carbon in any of its hybridization states. |