Radicals

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Sarah Spalding 3E
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Radicals

Postby Sarah Spalding 3E » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:48 pm

Can someone explain the relationship between radicals and molecular shape? (In particular, how they are different/the same from lone pairs in determining molecular shape)

Gurpreet Khamba 1J
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Re: Radicals

Postby Gurpreet Khamba 1J » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:56 pm

In molecular shapes, the radicals are less repulsive than paired e-. As such, if a radical replaced a pair, the other atoms would get closer to the unpaired e-, and the angle, wider.

Diego Zavala 2I
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Re: Radicals

Postby Diego Zavala 2I » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:22 pm

Elements with radical electrons are also more reactive and do not undergo rearrangement to produce a more stable form (I believe they steal electrons from other elements instead)


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