Explain Homolytic and heterolytic cleavage?

Asked by Arun Iyer | 8th Feb, 2011, 05:35: PM

Expert Answer:

When a covalent bond breaks up in such a way thateach atom forming the covalent bond takes away one electron of the shared pair, the cleavage of bond is called homolytic cleavage.
When a covalent bond breaks up in such a way that both the electrons forming the covalent bond takes away only by one of the atoms , the cleavage of bond is called heterlytic cleavage.

Answered by  | 9th Feb, 2011, 11:15: AM

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