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Verity Lai 2K
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Postby Verity Lai 2K » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:45 pm

How do you know which element in a radical has the lone electron when drawing their lewis structures?

Kate Osborne 1H
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Re: Radicals

Postby Kate Osborne 1H » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:49 pm

In the example Dr. Lavelle gave in class you were able to tell that the carbon held the unpaired electron because in a methyl radical the H has one bond so its formal charge is zero but the carbon does not so it holds the unpaired electron.

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