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expanded octets

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 7:30 pm
by Emely Reyna 1F
Hello!
I was a bit confused on the concept of the expanded octet while drawing lewis structures.
I know that any element with a 3d orbital will have an expanded octet but up to how do I know up to how many electrons it can hold?

Re: expanded octets

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 7:51 pm
by Jose Lupian 1C
I think that you would put all the remaining electrons into the central atom as long as the octets of the surrounding atoms are full.

Re: expanded octets

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 8:25 pm
by joannehaddad
Yes, with an expanded octet, it is referring to the octet of the central atom!

Re: expanded octets

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 8:46 pm
by Kara Justeson 1B
I'm not completely sure, but I think with the expanded octet it can hold up to as many electrons as the largest orbital of that element. For example, if it had a 3d subshell, since it has a d orbital it should be able to hold up to 10 electrons in the expanded octet.

Re: expanded octets

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:11 pm
by yazminedesan1F
usually i add bonds from each element to the central element and try and give them each an octet with what remaining electrons i have

Re: expanded octets

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:27 pm
by Anthony Mercado 1K
In the construction of Lewis models, is the rule for expanded octets as follows: If it is on period (3) of the periodic table or lower, it will be able to handle an expanded octet? *Does this follow for all elements on period (3) of the periodic table?