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An example of a radical would be CH3 which we did in class. C has 4 valence electrons and each of the 3 hydrogens have 1, giving the molecule a total of 7 valence electrons. This makes the molecule highly radioactive and it only exists for a short time because it will try to bond with another CH3 molecule so the unpaired electron on each carbon can have a shared electron to fill the shell.
APatel_4A wrote:Why do radicals exist?
They exist because usually, when a compound like ethane, C2H6 has split apart, both the resulting products have a radical simply based on the number of electrons in the whole molecule. Radicals exist only for a short amount of time and are highly reactive
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