TM "Octet"

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Aaron Akhavan-Dis1B
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TM "Octet"

Postby Aaron Akhavan-Dis1B » Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:27 pm

Do transition metals follow the Octet Rule? I know that they would use their d orbital which is 10 valence electrons rather than the p-orbital's six. Would this mean that they become stable with 12 valence electrons when accounting the s-block too?

Andrew Wang 1C
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Re: TM "Octet"

Postby Andrew Wang 1C » Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:48 pm

Transition metals often don't follow the octet rule since the octet rule only considers the s and p orbitals. Transition metals are located in the d block so they often use their d-orbitals when bonding.

Jaden Ward 3J
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Re: TM "Octet"

Postby Jaden Ward 3J » Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:25 pm

I dont think so, I believe that the expanded octet only applies to the elements with s and p orbitals.

Kyla Roche 2K
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Re: TM "Octet"

Postby Kyla Roche 2K » Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:56 pm

Any atom in the 3rd row or below can have an expanded octet. Therefore, transition metals can have an expanded octet.

Chesca Legaspi 2E
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Re: TM "Octet"

Postby Chesca Legaspi 2E » Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:40 pm

As others have said, because transition metals have d-orbitals, they're definitely capable of producing expanded octets and breaking the octet rule, but also keep in mind that just because they're capable of producing an expanded octet, that doesn't mean they'll always form one. So there definitely may be instances where they will only hold 8 electrons despite being capable of holding more.

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