Radical Confusion

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JamesAntonios 1E
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Radical Confusion

Postby JamesAntonios 1E » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:19 am

I've heard many conflicting arguments whether when assigning a radical, formal charge or electronegativity is more important. Some say that the electron is assigned to the atom of the lower electronegativity. However, in the book, there is a homework problem of CL-O where chlorine has a full octet while oxygen has the radical. Which is more important, formal charge or electronegativity?

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Re: Radical Confusion

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:19 am

When drawing Lewis Structures, octet rule should be first priority. In cases where octet rule will not apply like this one, structures should be drawn to minimize formal charges.

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Re: Radical Confusion

Postby Anthony Mercado 1K » Sun May 13, 2018 7:07 pm

How is it that radical structures even appear? I would assume that the octet rule is the final test for determining if a compound is really able to exist. That being said, is it that radical electrons appear solely in nature or are they man-made?

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Re: Radical Confusion

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun May 13, 2018 10:12 pm

radicals do appear in nature. They are very short-lived, but long-enough that they can be experimentally observed.


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