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Radical Compounds

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:44 pm
by Madeline Lequang 1G
Can somebody please explain in what context there would be a radical compound? Dr. Lavelle gave the examples of DNA and food supplements, but I still don't understand how it relates to them.

Re: Radical Compounds

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:02 pm
by Patrick Cai 1L
Radical compounds form in the context of redox reactions, in which a certain chemical species is given an unpaired electron. A prominent example (and one mentioned in class) is the methyl radical, which forms from the incomplete combustion of ethane.