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Baeyer theory

Pronunciation: bi'yer[h]

Definition: that carbon bonds are set at fixed angles (109° 28') and that those carbon rings are most stable that least distort those angles; for this reason, planar rings composed of 5 or 6 carbon atoms (cyclopentane, benzene) are more common than rings containing less than 5 or more than 6 carbon atoms.

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