What are radicals

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Erik Buetow 1F
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What are radicals

Postby Erik Buetow 1F » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:02 pm

What exactly is a radical and what is the significance of them?

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Re: What are radicals

Postby Rebekah Alfred 1J » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:10 pm

A radical is a compound with an unpaired electron, which makes it highly reactive. Radicals are significant because they are exceptions to the octet guideline.

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Re: What are radicals

Postby MaggieHan1L » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:43 pm

Because they are exceptions to the octet rule, they are highly reactive and unstable. They're very dangerous because they can modify DNA and other biologic molecules. They usually don't remain in that state for long.

Kate Osborne 1H
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Re: What are radicals

Postby Kate Osborne 1H » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:47 pm

A radical is any compound with an unpaired electron (such as a methyl radical formed by burning hydrocarbons). They are significant because they are another example of an exception to the octet guideline and are so highly reactive that they can react with DNA and damage it.

Sally Qiu 2E
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Re: What are radicals

Postby Sally Qiu 2E » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:49 pm

radicals are compounds that have a lone electron. this makes them very reactive, and they're significant because they can damage DNA and cause mutations.

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Re: What are radicals

Postby AmyL_3L » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:59 pm

Like all the other responses, radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron, and they are highly reactive. They play a destructive role in our everyday lives, but they are combatted by antioxidants.

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Re: What are radicals

Postby JasonKwon_3k » Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:05 pm

Radicals are electrons with unpaired spins, some examples being the methyl radical or nitrogen monoxide. They are very reactive therefore very fleeting as well. There are also biradicals, which are molecules with 2 unpaired e-.

Megan Cao 1I
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Re: What are radicals

Postby Megan Cao 1I » Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:10 pm

radicals are molecules with an atom that doesn't follow the octet rule, with having one unpaired electron. this makes them highly reactive. they're significant because they're an exception to the octet rule.


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