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I'm referring to benzene being more stable than a cyclic structure with 3 double bonds

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A compound cannot be exothermic - but a reaction can be. If I recall correctly, benzene is stable due to its hybrid orbitals.
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Oops yeah, If a reaction is more exothermic why is its product less stable

Surely by emitting a lot of energy the product will be less energetic and thus less reactive?
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Oops yeah, If a reaction is more exothermic why is its product less stable

Surely by emitting a lot of energy the product will be less energetic and thus less reactive?
Yes, that is a reasonable deduction ...
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I'm referring to benzene being more stable than a cyclic structure with 3 double bonds
Hydrogenation of just one double bond in benzene is endothermic. The delocalisation of the electrons leads to a huge increase in stability
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