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Radicals

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 9:41 pm
by Maria Roman 1A
How can you tell if a species is a radical?

Re: Radicals

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 10:49 pm
by Tiffany Chen 1A
If the total # of electrons is an odd number, then there is a radical.

Re: Radicals

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:25 am
by ErinKim1I
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.

Re: Radicals  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:35 pm
by Alexandra Wade 1L
This means that one electron is not part of a lone pair making the atom unstable. The instability makes the radical so harmful.

Re: Radicals

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:28 pm
by Isobel Tweedt 1E
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?

Re: Radicals

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:39 pm
by Kalsuda Lapborisuth 1B
This might be slightly out of topic but why is the fact that radical is highly reactive makes radicals harmful?

Re: Radicals

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:30 am
by Maria Roman 1A
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.