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Postby Philip » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:37 pm

How come Xenon can have 12 electrons

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Re: Xenon

Postby Hannah Romano 4D » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:46 pm

Xenon only has 8 valence electrons as a lone atom. However because it has an empty 4d-orbital, it can expand its octet when forming molecules and hold more electrons. Atoms in the 3p orbital and above have this ability to expand as long as there is space in the d-orbital to hold more electrons.

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Re: Xenon

Postby ZainAlrawi_1J » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:14 pm

All elements with access to the d orbital follow the same exception as Xenon as they can hold more electrons because of their access to the orbital.

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Re: Xenon

Postby Joanne Lee 1J » Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:31 pm

Any element in period 3 or beyond has access to their respective d orbital so they are able to have/ accept extra electrons and put it in their empty d orbital.

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Re: Xenon

Postby emwoodc » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:10 am

Xenon has an empty d orbital which allows it to have extended electrons.

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