Radical Compounds

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Madeline Lequang 1G
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Radical Compounds

Postby Madeline Lequang 1G » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:44 pm

Can somebody please explain in what context there would be a radical compound? Dr. Lavelle gave the examples of DNA and food supplements, but I still don't understand how it relates to them.

Patrick Cai 1L
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Re: Radical Compounds

Postby Patrick Cai 1L » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:02 pm

Radical compounds form in the context of redox reactions, in which a certain chemical species is given an unpaired electron. A prominent example (and one mentioned in class) is the methyl radical, which forms from the incomplete combustion of ethane.

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