What's the difference between valence electrons and the valence of an atom?

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EmilyJoo_1G
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What's the difference between valence electrons and the valence of an atom?

Postby EmilyJoo_1G » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:02 pm

Prof mentioned the "valence of an atom" today during lecture and I was wondering if he's referring to valence electrons or something else.

Anika Chakrabarti 1A
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Re: What's the difference between valence electrons and the valence of an atom?

Postby Anika Chakrabarti 1A » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:08 pm

The valence of an atom means the number of covalent bonds it has, and valence electrons are the electrons in the outer shell.

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Re: What's the difference between valence electrons and the valence of an atom?

Postby Maia_Jackson_2C » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:51 pm

Also the valence of an atom depends on the number of valence electrons, for example if there were 3 valence electron then the atom should typically be able to form 3 bonds.

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Re: What's the difference between valence electrons and the valence of an atom?

Postby Anthony Hatashita 4H » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:25 pm

I think that means the number of covalent bonds an atom has, which is tightly related to the amount of valence electrons it has.


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