Lone pair vs radical

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Melody Haratian 2J
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Lone pair vs radical

Postby Melody Haratian 2J » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:23 pm

Hi guys!
For a molecule, if it had a single electron unbounded instead of a lone pair of electrons being unbounded, how big of an effect would that have on the molecule’s bond angles.

TrishaP_3E
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Re: Lone pair vs radical

Postby TrishaP_3E » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:27 pm

I'm not entirely sure, but my guess would be that repulsion would be less, as there is less magnitude of negative charge to repel other electrons attached to atoms.

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Re: Lone pair vs radical

Postby Taylor K 2D » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:29 pm

TrishaP_3E wrote:I'm not entirely sure, but my guess would be that repulsion would be less, as there is less magnitude of negative charge to repel other electrons attached to atoms.

I would agree with this. With one less electron, the repulsion will probably be less as the charge cloud is smaller than if there were a full lone pair.

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Re: Lone pair vs radical

Postby 605291562 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:10 pm

Hi! I agree with what has already been said, I think that there would still be an effect and repulsion but it would have a smaller electron cloud and therefor less of an effect on the shape.


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