Radicals  [ENDORSED]

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Maria Roman 1A
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Radicals

Postby Maria Roman 1A » Mon May 14, 2018 9:41 pm

How can you tell if a species is a radical?

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Re: Radicals

Postby Tiffany Chen 1A » Mon May 14, 2018 10:49 pm

If the total # of electrons is an odd number, then there is a radical.

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Re: Radicals

Postby ErinKim1I » Wed May 16, 2018 11:25 am

Or if you look at the lewis structure an see an electron attached that is not in a pair, you can conclude that the structure is a radical.
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Re: Radicals  [ENDORSED]

Postby Alexandra Wade 1L » Wed May 16, 2018 5:35 pm

This means that one electron is not part of a lone pair making the atom unstable. The instability makes the radical so harmful.

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Re: Radicals

Postby Isobel Tweedt 1E » Sun May 20, 2018 10:28 pm

Are there any elements that cannot only have one electron attached? Or are there any that are more likely to have just one in a lewis structure?

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Re: Radicals

Postby Kalsuda Lapborisuth 1B » Sun May 20, 2018 10:39 pm

This might be slightly out of topic but why is the fact that radical is highly reactive makes radicals harmful?

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Re: Radicals

Postby Maria Roman 1A » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:30 am

Kalsuda Lapborisuth 1B wrote:This might be slightly out of topic but why is the fact that radical is highly reactive makes radicals harmful?


One reason is because radicals have one odd electron that wants to be paired with another electron, so it'll take electrons from anything, including dna or amino acids.


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