Lewis Structure

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Riya Sood 4G
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Lewis Structure

Postby Riya Sood 4G » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:36 am

Can we ever have a single unpaired electron on a Lewis Structure ?

Victoria Li 1L
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Re: Lewis Structure

Postby Victoria Li 1L » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:44 am

Yep! Atoms, molecules, or ions with one unpaired electron are called free radicals. They're highly unstable and usually very reactive

Hailey Kim 4G
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Re: Lewis Structure

Postby Hailey Kim 4G » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:55 am

Yes. Odd-electron molecules, electron-deficient molecules, and hypervalent molecules are all exceptions to the octet rule. An odd number of valence electrons can lead to unpaired electrons, as well as the central atom having more or less electrons needed.

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