Boron as the Lewis Structure Exception

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Shirley Liu 2I
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Boron as the Lewis Structure Exception

Postby Shirley Liu 2I » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:21 pm

Why does Boron not have to follow the octet rule in drawing lewis structures? (i.e. why can it just have six electrons in its outermost shell, when all atoms have an affinity for filling up all their shells to gain the most stability?)

Rebecca Park
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Re: Boron as the Lewis Structure Exception

Postby Rebecca Park » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:53 pm

because Boron itself is already stable. It doesn't really make sense because there are rules, but there are a few violations that go against the octet rule.


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