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One easy way is at the top of the periodic table, the last digit of the group numbers is usually the amount of valence electrons... Group 1 and 2 have 1 and 2 valence electrons respectively, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 have 3 , 4 , 5, 6, 7, 8 valence electrons.
Valence electrons can be determined by looking at their group number at the top. For, example chlorine is in group 7, so thus it has 7 electrons. In cases of ions like Ag+, one should write out the ground state electron configuration to figure out the valance electrons as they differ from the regular format of finding valence electrons. In the case of Ag+, the valence electrons are 4d^10.
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