A - CI6.3 Radiation and Radicals

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  • Breaking bonds - bond fission
  • Bonds can either break by Heterolytic fission or Homolytic fission

Heterolytic Fission

  • Both of the shared electrons go to just one atom when the bond breaks
  • Atom then becomes -ve charged
  • Has one more electron than proton
  • Other atom is +ve charged
  • Common in polar bonds



Homolytic Fission

  • One of the two shared elecrtons goes to each atom



  • They are highly reactive atoms with unpaired electrons - radicals


  • Unpaired electron makes it extremely reactive
  • NO isnt such a


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