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Postby 805098281 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:12 pm

What does it mean for something to be radical and how is it relevant?

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Re: radical

Postby Ashley Zhu 1A » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:59 pm

A radical is an atom or a molecule that has an unpaired valence electron such as fluorine or CH3. Radicals are generally very unstable and can cause harm to the body by denaturing macromolecules.

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Re: radical

Postby Cameron_Greenberg_3C » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:44 pm

Most of our practice problems feature molecules with an even number of total valence electrons so that every electron is paired. But, radicals are different in that there can be a single unpaired electron in special cases. Usually in the real world, a radical is an incomplete molecule that finds an electron quickly to stabilize.

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Re: radical

Postby Justin Haggard 1E » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:45 pm

Radicals are compounds with unpaired electrons (not octet in valence shell). They are highly reactive and unstable, and only exist for a short period of time.

An example would be formed in the upper atmosphere when a photon hits a water molecule ()

(Note that the oxygen atom in the has a total of 2 unbound electron pairs, and the oxygen atom in the products has 1 unbound electron (making it a radical) and 2 unbound electron pairs).

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Re: radical

Postby Desiree1G » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:01 pm

Radicals have at least one unpaired electron and they have an odd number of valence electrons. Note they're also very reactive

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Re: radical

Postby paytonm1H » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:16 pm

Radicals have an unpaired electron, making them very reactive.

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