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Period 3

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:24 pm
by Trent Yamamoto 2J
Why can atoms in the third period or higher accommodate more than 8 valence electrons?

Re: Period 3

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:37 pm
by 005162902
I am not 100% sure but I think it has something to do with the fact that these elements are nonmetals with the presence of a d orbital. This somehow allows then to fill and sometimes expand their octets to stabilize the structure.

Re: Period 3

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:37 pm
by Sidharth D 1E
Atoms in that period have empty 3d-orbitals to accommodate for the expanded octet.