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Octet exception chlorine and xenon

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:15 pm
by ran2000
Why can xenon extend to more number of electrons through expanded octet than chlorine?

Re: Octet exception chlorine and xenon

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:41 pm
by kamalkolluri
Xenon has n = 5, which means l can be 0,1,2,3 and 4. This means it has access to s p d and f and g orbitals. Chlorine has n =3, which means it has l = 0,1,2 and this means it has access to the s p and d orbital. This means xenon has access to more orbitals than chlorine, which means more electrons