Radical

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Or Fisher 1I
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Radical

Postby Or Fisher 1I » Tue May 22, 2018 11:12 am

Hello,
I am kind of confused about how to determine on which molecule the radical should go. Does it go on the central atom, or on one of the bonding atoms? Is there a specific rule for this? Thanks.

Jocelyn Fermin1J
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Re: Radical

Postby Jocelyn Fermin1J » Tue May 22, 2018 11:50 am

I assume that the radical would go onto the atom that needs it to either fill an octet or to create a formal charge of 0.

octaviahuang1f
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Re: Radical

Postby octaviahuang1f » Tue May 22, 2018 12:42 pm

I think it's determined by the lowest formal charge and not exceeding an octet that's not expanded.

Nicole Shak 1L
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Re: Radical

Postby Nicole Shak 1L » Tue May 22, 2018 12:53 pm

I think that the more electronegative atom tends to pull the electrons closer to it, so the atom with the radical would be the one that is less electronegative.


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