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Postby AlyssaYeh_1B » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:14 pm

Why is a radical highly reactive?

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Re: Radical

Postby SarahCoufal_1k » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:20 pm

A radical is an atom, molecule, or ion with at least one unpaired electron. This is highly reactive, because this single electron is unstable and the molecule doesn't want it.

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Re: Radical

Postby claudia_1h » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:22 pm

Atoms have a tendency to want a full octet. A radical has an atom with unpaired electrons, therefore, they have a tendency to form bonds in order to complete their octet and pair their electrons. This is a more stable, lower energy state.

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Re: Radical

Postby 805307623 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:04 pm

Radicals are very reactive. They form new bonds with other molecules that have unpaired electrons very quickly.

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Re: Radical

Postby Areli C 1L » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:26 pm

Basically they are highly reactive because they are desperately trying to gain a complete octet, so theyd try to grab it from anywhere.

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Re: Radical

Postby AmyL_3L » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:32 pm

A radical is highly reactive because it has one unpaired electron. Having one unpaired electron makes the radical more likely to form bonds with other atoms.

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Re: Radical

Postby AnayaArnold_3L » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:48 pm

What are radicals?

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