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Radicals

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 2:53 pm
by Cytlalli 1B
How do you know if a species is a radical such as between the following NO2-, CH3, and OH?

Re: Radicals  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 2:55 pm
by Brynne Keyser 1B
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!

Re: Radicals

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:26 pm
by Marina Souliman 1K
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.

Re: Radicals

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:33 pm
by Chris Qiu 1H
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.