Radicals  [ENDORSED]

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Cytlalli 1B
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Radicals

Postby Cytlalli 1B » Sun May 13, 2018 2:53 pm

How do you know if a species is a radical such as between the following NO2-, CH3, and OH?

Brynne Keyser 1B
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Re: Radicals  [ENDORSED]

Postby Brynne Keyser 1B » Sun May 13, 2018 2:55 pm

A radical is an atom or molecule that has an unpaired valence electron. Having the unpaired electron makes these elements way more reactive.

Hope this helps!

Marina Souliman 1K
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Re: Radicals

Postby Marina Souliman 1K » Sun May 13, 2018 3:26 pm

You know a species is a radical if it has an unpaired electron so essentially going through the steps and figuring out which structures have an uneven number of electrons will allow you to see if it is a radical structure or not.

Chris Qiu 1H
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Re: Radicals

Postby Chris Qiu 1H » Sun May 13, 2018 3:33 pm

Count how many valence electrons each atom has, add them together taking into account the charge, if that number is odd then it will be a radical.


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