Talk:Methyl group

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- Nb Image tag removed, see below -

Prefer this? shoy 17:48, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Much better - I've also changed the image on the article page - thanks! -- Quantockgoblin 21:14, 24 March 2007 (UTC)


What does the R mean in this image? Methyl group.png I can't find the R symbol in the table showing the periodicity of the elements. Could it stand for Arginine? Jecowa (talk) 08:03, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

R stands for radical. You can think of it as a placeholder for any other organic chain. --Rifleman 82 (talk) 12:05, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Thank you. Jecowa (talk) 19:58, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

methyl donor[edit]

A section discussing the term "methyl donor" should be added, and have "methyl donor" redirect to this page. Mmortal03 (talk) 05:58, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

What is methyl?[edit]

Methyl is an ion with the formula CH3-. Z68.55.47.5 (talk) 20:34, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

This isn't normally true. "Methyl" is most commonly used to refer to CH3 groups that are part of larger molecules. - Alltat (talk) 16:15, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Why is methyl an anion?[edit]

Methyl has the same amount of electrons as methane. So when I discovered it, it made sense to give it a 1 minus charge. It has one carbon and three hydrogens thus its formula.


Methyl is one out of lots of alkyls: ethyl, propyl, butyl, pentyl, hexyl, heptyl.... These have the formula CnH2n+1.

This is now part of the article

Added "Methyl group" to "Category:Functional groups"[edit]

The article starts with how the methyl group is a functional group, but this page was not listed in the category for functional groups. I made a very minor edit and added [[Category:Functional groups]] to the bottom of the article, thus listing it on

Product of methane breakdown in the atmosphere[edit]

CH3 is created when methane is broken down by a hydroxyl radical (see Atmospheric methane removal). (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 22:14, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

good idea, I added that information to Methyl radical. --Smokefoot (talk) 03:04, 26 November 2013 (UTC)