Why would methyl cyanide be more stable


Cyanides are toxic molecules featuring C-C-N bonds. Isocyanides are an unstable group of molecules where the order of bonding has changed to C-N-C. Under normal conditions, isocyanides will convert to cyanides. As a consequence of this, solutions of these molecules must be kept extremely cold to prevent the conversion. An example of one such molecule is methyl isocyanide (CH3NC) converting to methyl cyanide (CH3CN). Draw Lewis structures for both compounds. Why would methyl cyanide be more stable?

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