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4.73

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:47 pm
by daisyjimenezt
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??

Re: 4.73

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:51 pm
by Becky Belisle 1A
They have to have unpaired electrons not lone pairs.

Re: 4.73

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:23 pm
by Grace Kim 1J
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.