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Tracy Tolentino_2E
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Postby Tracy Tolentino_2E » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:39 pm

Can someone explain why H, He, Li and Be are exceptions to the octet rule? And why we choose the atom with the least ionization energy as the central atom?

JonathanS 1H
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Re: Exceptions

Postby JonathanS 1H » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:43 pm

H, He, Li, and Be all want to fill only the 1s orbitals, only wanting 2 e- total. As for the atom with the least ionization energy being the central atom, the lower the ionization energy, the more the atom will hold on to its e-. This means that it will be more likely to bond with multiple atoms and be the central one as it will hold onto bonds tightly.

Maeve Miller 1A
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Re: Exceptions

Postby Maeve Miller 1A » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:27 pm

H, He, Li, and B are exceptions to the rule because they only fill an s-orbital valence shell, which fits 2--not 8 electrons.

Jacob Villar 2C
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Re: Exceptions

Postby Jacob Villar 2C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:38 pm

H, He, Li, and B are exceptions to the octet rule because their amount of electrons are only enough to reach the 1s orbital, and therefore, the octet rule cannot be applied in these circumstances.

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