Exercise 3.59 - Question on Radicals

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Exercise 3.59 - Question on Radicals

Postby Amy Wu 1D » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:47 pm

"Write the Lewis structure of each of the following reactive species, all of which are found to contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer, and indicate which are radicals: (a) chlorine monoxide, ClO..."

For part (a), I was wondering why the radical belonged to chlorine instead of oxygen. Does this have to do electronegativity and if so, how?

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Re: Exercise 3.59 - Question on Radicals

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:59 am

chlorine monoxide, ClO

Oxygen has the octet versus Cl with 7e- as O has higher electronegativity.

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Re: Exercise 3.59 - Question on Radicals

Postby Xinye_Jiang_1A » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:07 pm

Will the unpaired e- always be on the atom with relatively lower electronegativity?

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Re: Exercise 3.59 - Question on Radicals

Postby Katie Lam 1B » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:02 am

It would make sense for the unpaired electron to be on the atom with lower electronegativity since the atom with higher electronegativity has a stronger pull on the electrons and is more likely to fulfill its octet.


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