# JEE Main & Advanced Chemistry Aldehydes, Ketones Introduction

## Introduction

Category : JEE Main & Advanced

Carbonyl compounds are of two types, aldehydes and ketones. Both have a carbon-oxygen double bond often called as carbonyl group.

Both aldehyde and ketones possess the same general formula ${{C}_{n}}{{H}_{2n}}O$.

Structure : Carbonyl carbon atom is joined to three atoms by sigma bonds. Since these bonds utilise $s{{p}^{2}}$-orbitals, they lie in the same plane and are 120° apart. The carbon-oxygen double bond is different than carbon-carbon double bond. Since, oxygen is more electronegative, the electrons of the bond are attracted towards oxygen. Consequently, oxygen attains a partial negative charge and carbon a partial positive charge making the bond polar. The high values of dipole moment,

(2.3 - 2.8D) cannot be explained only on the basis of inductive effect and thus, it is proposed that carbonyl group is a resonance hybrid of the following two structures.

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