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Cytlalli 1B
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Postby Cytlalli 1B » Thu May 17, 2018 7:24 pm

Radicals have an odd number of electrons but is it possible to have an odd number of electrons and the molecule not be a radical?

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Re: Radicals

Postby Patience Olsen 1A » Thu May 17, 2018 7:50 pm

I don't see any way for that to happen because each orbital can only contain two electrons, and by definition, a radical is an atom, molecule, or ion with an unpaired valence electron.

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Re: Radicals

Postby NatalieSDis1A » Thu May 17, 2018 9:03 pm

I think radicals only becomes non-radical when it reacts with an antioxidant. However, I believe an antioxidant would neutralize the unpaired electron and it wouldn't be a radical anymore. So I agree with the person above.

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