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Incomplete octets

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:49 pm
by Isabel Day 1D
Are incomplete octets common? How do we know if an atom can have an incomplete octet? I don't understand this concept.

Re: Incomplete octets

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:56 pm
by Aayush Patel 3B
There are some exceptions such as boron being most stable with 6 shared electrons and hydrogen with 2.

Re: Incomplete octets

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:01 pm
by philipraj_1F
There are specific atoms that can have in incomplete octet, and you would know if the formal charge is lowest when it has an incomplete octet

Re: Incomplete octets

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:49 pm
by stephaniekim2K
Hydrogen, helium, and boron are all exceptions to the rule.