Woodward-Hoffmann rules

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Rules governing the formation of products during certain types of organic concerted reactions. The theory of such reactions was put forward in 1969 by Woodward and Roald Hoffmann (1937– ), and is concerned with the way that orbitals of the reactants change continuously into orbitals of the products during reaction and with conservation of orbital symmetry during this process. It is sometimes known as frontier-orbital theory.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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