Transition Metals Lewis Structures

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Transition Metals Lewis Structures

Postby IsabelMurillo3K » Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:00 am

Hey guys!
For a couple of problems in the textbook, I noticed that there were some questions where the transition metal was the central atom in a Lewis structure, and I was wondering if anyone knew how to determine the number of valence electrons that a transition metal has? Thanks in advance!

Simrah_Ahmed1J
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Re: Transition Metals Lewis Structures

Postby Simrah_Ahmed1J » Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:03 pm

I'm not sure of the exact rules for determining how many valence electrons the transition metals can have, but I think that the transition metals can violate the octet rule quite often by using their d orbitals for bonding, so can often have more than 4 bonds as the central atom.

Brandon Carris
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Re: Transition Metals Lewis Structures

Postby Brandon Carris » Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:46 pm

Yea im pretty sure you just have to go by the context of the question. To my knowledge, transition metal valence electrons can be kind of unpredictable because they can hold so many freaking valence electrons.

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Re: Transition Metals Lewis Structures

Postby Varsha Ravi 3E » Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:53 pm

Like everyone else said, I think it depends on the question.


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