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Max Expanded Octets

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:49 pm
by Reina Robles 2B
For atoms with expanded octets, the amount they can expand to is limited to what shell they're in, right?

For example, Si has valence electrons in the 3p shell and can expand to fill the 3d shell but not beyond that.

Re: Max Expanded Octets

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:01 pm
by Haley Fredricks 1B
Technically, yes, but in reality it more has to do with the formal charge. Whatever makes it the lowest is how many the octet should be expanded to.

Re: Max Expanded Octets

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:04 pm
by Reina Robles 2B
Haley Fredricks 1B wrote:Technically, yes, but in reality it more has to do with the formal charge. Whatever makes it the lowest is how many the octet should be expanded to.


I completely forgot about that. Thank you!