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Postby daisyjimenezt » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:47 pm

The question in the textbook is Identify each as a radical or not: [CH3+; CH4; CH3-; CH2; CH2 2+; CH2 2-]
and the answer was that none of them were radicals but i dont understand why if some of them have lone pairs??

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Postby Becky Belisle 1A » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:51 pm

They have to have unpaired electrons not lone pairs.

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Postby Grace Kim 1J » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:23 pm

After drawing the lewis structures, all of them have paired electrons, meaning they are diamagnetic. Radicals are an atom, molecule, or ion that has an unpaired valence electron. Therefore, none of the structures in the problem are radicals.

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