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Radicals

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:19 pm
by Lorena Zhang 4E
So according to the definition, the radicals have unpaired electrons. When it comes to odd number of electrons, the molecules would be seen as a radical while those have even number of electrons are not radicals. However, there's also the concept of paramagnetism and diamagnetism. What is the difference between the two concept(radicals vs. para/diamagnetism)? Are molecules that have even number of electrons always not radicals?

Re: Radicals

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:18 am
by Patrick Cai 1L
The idea of a free radical is not necessarily restricted around even or odd number of valence electrons it has; rather it is dependent on an atom having a "free" electron that is highly unstable and this electron seeks to form a bond by taking an electron from another atom/molecule. Diamagnetism and paramagnetism is a property observed from the degeneracy of electrons seeking to fit the lowest energy configuration state in their respective atom's orbitals.

Re: Radicals

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:09 pm
by mayra martinez 1D
The term radical can refer to an electron that remains after a compound has been formed. This free electron is looking to bond to another electron in order to become stable.