Radicals and molecular shape

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TanveerDhaliwal3G
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Radicals and molecular shape

Postby TanveerDhaliwal3G » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:17 pm

How do radicals affect electron arrangement and shape?

Amy Kumar 1I
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Re: Radicals and molecular shape

Postby Amy Kumar 1I » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:23 pm

Radicals count as 1 region of electron density but the repulsion is not as great as that of a lone pair.

Jacey Yang 1F
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Re: Radicals and molecular shape

Postby Jacey Yang 1F » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:24 pm

The single unpaired electron on the central atom is treated as a region of high electron density, so it acts like a lone pair when determining the molecular shape.

Jessica Chen 2C
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Re: Radicals and molecular shape

Postby Jessica Chen 2C » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:26 pm

I think Dr. Lavelle said radicals are treated as one region of electron density when it comes to determining shape.

Jordan Ziegler 2J
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Re: Radicals and molecular shape

Postby Jordan Ziegler 2J » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:56 pm

Do single electrons in a radical create weaker repulsion than lone pairs?

005162902
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Re: Radicals and molecular shape

Postby 005162902 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:22 am

TanveerDhaliwal3G wrote:How do radicals affect electron arrangement and shape?

Radicals act as electron density in the shape of the molecule. However since it only has one electron instead of a pair, the repulsion is not as strong as it would be in an area with 2 electrons.


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