Radicals - On Which Element Does the Unpaired Electron Go?

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Karishma_1G
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Radicals - On Which Element Does the Unpaired Electron Go?

Postby Karishma_1G » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:09 pm

Hi, I was wondering how you know which element the unpaired electron goes on for Radicals. For example, how do you know whether the unpaired goes on the Cl or O in the molecule ClO (question 2C.5 part (a) in the 7th edition)? Thanks in advance!

Ricky Ma DIS 4E
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Re: Radicals - On Which Element Does the Unpaired Electron Go?

Postby Ricky Ma DIS 4E » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:34 pm

The radical goes on the element where it will make the formal charge be 0 or closest to what your ion's charge is.

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Re: Radicals - On Which Element Does the Unpaired Electron Go?

Postby 904914909 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:50 pm

To determine which atom the unpaired electron goes on, you have to look at the formal charges and determine which atom it will make the formal charge be closest to 0


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