octet explanation  [ENDORSED]

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octet explanation

Postby danielruiz1G » Sun May 13, 2018 11:14 pm

In the definition of the octet rule in the textbook what exactly is meant when it says atoms go "as far as possible" toward completing their octets?

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Re: octet explanation

Postby Katarina Ho -1B » Sun May 13, 2018 11:21 pm

I believe it means that they will fill their shells sequentially to fill their octet or as close as they can get to filling their octet.

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Re: octet explanation

Postby 404975170 » Sun May 13, 2018 11:22 pm

This just means that they fill the octet for however many valence electrons they require without going over so if an element only has four valence electrons than this is "as far" as it can go towards completing the octet.

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Re: octet explanation  [ENDORSED]

Postby Yeo Bin Yook 1K » Sun May 13, 2018 11:24 pm

I think it is like a personification that states the fact that they will share in covalent bonds or gain and lose electrons in ionic bonds to complete their valence electrons. If they did not "go as far as possible" many would remain incomplete and unstable.

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