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In class, we discussed how atoms in period 3 or higher can accommodate additional electrons than described by the octet rule because they have access to d-orbitals. I was wondering why these d-orbitals can be occupied when bonding even though they aren't used when the atoms exist in and of themselves? Thank you!
All it is saying is that because those elements are farther down the periodic table than period 3, they can accommodate for more electrons if need be since they have more room in their shells (sometimes they do not have to) depending on the compound you are drawing a Lewis structure for. Hope that helps!
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