Question on Radicals

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Chesca Legaspi 2E
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Question on Radicals

Postby Chesca Legaspi 2E » Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:35 pm

Are radicals and free radicals the same thing? I've seen both terms used in reference to compounds with unpaired electrons, but I wasn't sure if there was a difference between the two or if they were essentially the same?

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby Meredith2E » Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:48 pm

That’s a good question, I honestly thought they were the same thing lol... like you can say radical or free radical and mean the same thing but now? Not so sure.

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby Kaitlyn Hernandez 3I » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:04 pm

I believe that they are interchangeable, radicals (or free radicals) are atoms with at least one unpaired valence electron.

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby VSU_3F » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:12 pm

As others have said, I believe they're the same thing! Free radicals are involved in oxidizing elements, and I feel like an element with an odd number of electrons would want electrons from other substances, so I believe they are interchangeable terms.

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby Gicelle Rubin 1E » Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:47 pm

VSU_2G wrote:As others have said, I believe they're the same thing! Free radicals are involved in oxidizing elements, and I feel like an element with an odd number of electrons would want electrons from other substances, so I believe they are interchangeable terms.


Thanks for the clarification!

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby VSU_3F » Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:23 pm

You're welcome!! :D

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby Karina Grover 1A » Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:05 pm

Radicals and free radicals are the same. Both are denoted by one unpaired electron.

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Re: Question on Radicals

Postby Gian Boco 2G » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:42 pm

yep it seems like it, probably synonymous as long as the specie has one unpaired electron making it unstable and existing only for a short amount of time


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