reactivity of radicals

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josephyim1L
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reactivity of radicals

Postby josephyim1L » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:26 pm

Can someone explain to me the reactive potential of radicals in comparison with that of halogens? Which are more reactive?

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Re: reactivity of radicals

Postby bonnie_schmitz_1F » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:11 pm

I think radicals are more reactive because they have an unequal number of electrons to match the number of protons in addition to the one electron not in a pair. Additionally, halogens are diatomic elements which means that they are usually found in pairs to eliminate the one unpaired electron.

Kate Chow 4H
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Re: reactivity of radicals

Postby Kate Chow 4H » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:55 pm

Radicals are very reactive because they have an odd number of electrons and they want to do anything they can (bond, etc.) to get rid of that 1 electron.


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