Does the amount of energy affect the dissociation of methane

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I hear that methane is known dissociate into free radicals and sometimes into ions (carbocation and hydrogen proton). Is it different amounts energy responsible for the same molecule (methane) to undergoing different kinds of dissociation?
 

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I hear that methane is known dissociate into free radicals and sometimes into ions (carbocation and hydrogen proton). Is it different amounts energy responsible for the same molecule (methane) to undergoing different kinds of dissociation?
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dissociate into free radicals and sometimes into ions
You've already answered your own question.
 
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You've already answered your own question.
Does this mean that if energy absorbed is more the molecule will dissociate into ions and if it is less molecule will dissociate into free radicals?
 
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I would assume in the gas phase dissociation into ions always requires more energy, as you have to move attracting charges away.
 
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