Radicals

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Jaden Ward 3J
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Radicals

Postby Jaden Ward 3J » Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:37 pm

How are we supposed to identify which species are radicals? I can't find them in my notes, and does anyone know which lecture covers it?

Akash J 1J
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Re: Radicals

Postby Akash J 1J » Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:39 pm

Radicals are essentially molecules that have an atom with an unpaired electron. For example, C2H6 can break into .CH3 and .CH3
Radicals are highly reactive because having an unpaired electron is unfavorable.
I believe he covered this in one of the lectures last week (I don't remember which exactly, sorry).

Kayla Law 2D
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Re: Radicals

Postby Kayla Law 2D » Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:43 pm

The lecture on 11/04/20 covers radicals. You can tell if something is a radical if it has one unpaired electron. The unpaired electron is what makes radicals highly reactive! Hope this helps :)

Ashlen Bullock 1H
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Re: Radicals

Postby Ashlen Bullock 1H » Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:55 pm

A radical is something that has an unpaired valence electron. This makes them highly reactive. Radicals do not last a long time because they are very unstable.

Katie Le 3K
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Re: Radicals

Postby Katie Le 3K » Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:51 am

Its basically just an unpaired electron so it'd look like a dot next to the element.

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Re: Radicals

Postby Charlotte Adams 1A » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:11 am

Radicals are species with unpaired electrons, like a methyl group. There are also biradicals that have 2 unpaired electrons on either the same or different atom.

Anirudh Mahadev 1G
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Re: Radicals

Postby Anirudh Mahadev 1G » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:29 am

It's pretty easy to see when a molecule is a radical. When you make the lewis structure and there's an odd total number of electrons or the charge isn't what it's supposed to be, those are pretty clear indicators.

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Re: Radicals

Postby Lorraine Jiang 2C » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:11 am

Radicals have the key feature of having one unpaired electron next to it. It is usually represented like this: .CH3
Hope it helps!

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Re: Radicals

Postby Crystal Pan 2G » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:54 am

Radicals have an unpaired electron, you can usually tell when the total number of valence electrons you calculate out before you draw the lewis structure are odd.

Aayushi Jani 3A
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Re: Radicals

Postby Aayushi Jani 3A » Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:32 pm

Radicals have one unpaired electron (for example, in NO). Radicals form when species have an odd number of valence electrons (for example, N has 5 valence electrons).

Maya Johnson 2a
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Re: Radicals

Postby Maya Johnson 2a » Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:39 pm

Radicals are any molecules that have an unpaired electron, and they form when atoms or molecules gain or lose electrons.

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Re: Radicals

Postby Minh-Thy Vo 3D » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:54 pm

Radicals are molecules that have an unpaired electron. You can figure this out by drawing out the lewis structure. Usually when you're calculating the total number of valence electrons, radicals will have an odd number.

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Re: Radicals

Postby aashmi_agrawal_3d » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:28 pm

Radicals just have one unpaired electron so if there are an odd number of electrons, you can see that it is a radical.


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