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Postby alexagreco1A » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:50 pm

How can we determine where the radical belongs in a Lewis Structure? For example, with ClO, the formal charges for each atom would be 0 if the radical were on the oxygen, but the correct structure has the radical on the chlorine. Why is this the case?

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Re: Radicals

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:10 pm

For that particular case, the reasoning is beyond the scope of this class. Drawing the lewis structure with the radical on the oxygen would have been acceptable as you thought. Use formal charge to guide your decision.

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