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Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:14 pm
by AlyssaYeh_1B
Why is a radical highly reactive?

Re: Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:20 pm
by SarahCoufal_1k
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.

Re: Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:22 pm
by claudia_1h
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.

Re: Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:04 pm
by 805307623
Radicals are very reactive. They form new bonds with other molecules that have unpaired electrons very quickly.

Re: Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:26 pm
by Areli C 1L
Basically they are highly reactive because they are desperately trying to gain a complete octet, so theyd try to grab it from anywhere.

Re: Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:32 pm
by AmyL_3L
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.

Re: Radical

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:48 pm
by AnayaArnold_3L
What are radicals?