$FC=V-(L+\frac{S}{2})$

sharonvivianv
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How do you calculate formal charge when considering radicals?

KateCaldwell 1A
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It would still be the same formula to solve for formal charge, but you can tell the atom is radical if it has an unpaired electron or odd number of electrons. For example, CH3 would be a radical since it is 4+3= 7 electrons and when you make the Lewis structure it shows a lone electron.

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