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Tue February 08, 2011 By: Arun Iyer

Explain Homolytic and heterolytic cleavage?

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Wed February 09, 2011
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.
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