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### Electrons in Valence Shell

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:57 pm
What's the maximum amount of electrons that an atom can accommodate on its valence shell (given that its able to expand valence shells)?

### Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:04 pm
I think it really just depends on the atom you're looking at. For example Sulfur has an expanded octet of twelve electrons.
This website is pretty helpful for reference.

https://opencurriculum.org/9814/what-is ... nce-shell/

### Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 4:37 pm
You can also use the principle quantum numbers of the element to determine how many electrons it can hold. Typically, the highest number of electrons that can fit in any given shell = 2n².

### Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 9:30 pm
Toru Fiberesima 1L wrote:You can also use the principle quantum numbers of the element to determine how many electrons it can hold. Typically, the highest number of electrons that can fit in any given shell = 2n².

To clarify, it depends on the atom. This equation provided can be used to find the number of the electrons but to add on this reply forgot to mention that n is the quantum number so you still need that to know the number of electrons the atom can hold. Hope that helps.

### Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:59 pm
I believe it depends on what you are looking at because some atoms can have expanded octets while others can not.