Radicals and Biradicals in VSEPR Model

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Radicals and Biradicals in VSEPR Model

Postby Benjamin Chen 1H » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:45 am

Would we consider the single, unpaired electrons on radicals and biradicals each a single region of electron density?

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Re: Radicals and Biradicals in VSEPR Model

Postby Melody Wu 2L » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:50 am

Yes, I believe they do count as a region of electron density when determining hybridization. Those single electrons still occupy an orbital, although the effects on the shape may be different since it's a single electron instead of two.

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Re: Radicals and Biradicals in VSEPR Model

Postby Ria Nawathe 1C » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:49 pm

I agree with the previous answer, Dr. Lavelle mentioned in one of his lectures that the unpaired electron in radicals like NO2 is considered a region of electron density.

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Re: Radicals and Biradicals in VSEPR Model

Postby Kristina Krivenko 3I » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:54 pm

Yes, Dr. Lavelle mentioned in one of the lectures that single electrons are also counted as a single region of electron density, along with lone pairs of electrons & bonding pairs.

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Re: Radicals and Biradicals in VSEPR Model

Postby Eileen Quach Dis 2A » Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:18 pm

Yes,we would consider them as single regions of electron density.


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