Radicals and Shape

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Ava Harvey 2B
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Radicals and Shape

Postby Ava Harvey 2B » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:36 pm

Hi! I was just wondering what role radicals play in affecting the molecular shape of a compound. Like are single electrons considered a region of electron density that significantly influences the shape? Anything would be appreciated, thanks!

Shawn Patel 1I
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Re: Radicals and Shape

Postby Shawn Patel 1I » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:44 am

Hey,
Free radicals affect the shape of other molecules that they interact with. The atom with a free radical does not have a full octet set, so it tries to fix this by stealing an electron from another molecule. When they steal an electron from another molecule, particularly an organic molecule, it causes the molecule to be oxidized, and lose its shape and function. This can lead to cell and DNA damage.

Elizabeth Bamishaye 2I
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Re: Radicals and Shape

Postby Elizabeth Bamishaye 2I » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:51 pm

Radicals is a molecule, ion or atom that have an unpaired electron; these species are highly reactive towards themselves and/or other substances.


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