Radical Chain Initiating (14.77)

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Jessie Chu 2G
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Radical Chain Initiating (14.77)

Postby Jessie Chu 2G » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:17 pm

For problem 14.77 in the book, we are given three reactions:

a) NO+NO-->N2O2
b) Cl2-->Cl+Cl
c) NO2+NO2-->NO+NO3

According to the answer for part d of the question, b and c are radical chain initiating. Can someone explain to me what this means? Thank you!

Niharika Reddy 1D
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Re: Radical Chain Initiating (14.77)

Postby Niharika Reddy 1D » Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:08 pm

Radical chain initiating reaction means the reaction yields a product that is a radical- one that has an unpaired electron. Since Cl has 7 valence electrons and NO has 11, both of these products are radicals because they have an unpaired electron on the Cl and N respectively, which can be seen from drawing out their Lewis structures. Reactions b and c are thus potential radical chain initiating reactions.

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