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Where to put the dot on radicals (notation)

  1. Oct 7, 2015 #1
    This may seem a bit pedantic but i'm writing a report and have radicals in it and notice that some papers put the dot in different places, so my question is does it matter where you put the dot?


    thanks for any advice
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  3. Oct 7, 2015 #2


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    First choice (mixed) --- bad juju.
    Second, or third (consistent), depending on Journal editor.
  4. Oct 7, 2015 #3


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    In my opinion, ⋅H or H⋅ are both fine. I would avoid OH⋅ because it makes it seem like the radical is on the hydrogen, where the radical should instead be on the oxygen (as indicated by ⋅OH).
  5. Oct 7, 2015 #4
    Ok, many thanks!
  6. Oct 7, 2015 #5
    hmm so if you were talking about the spectral emission from a radical would you write ⋅OH* to be more precise, and not...

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