Electrons in Valence Shell

Nimrat Brar 1E
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Electrons in Valence Shell

What's the maximum amount of electrons that an atom can accommodate on its valence shell (given that its able to expand valence shells)?

Alicia Yu 1A
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Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

I think it really just depends on the atom you're looking at. For example Sulfur has an expanded octet of twelve electrons.
This website is pretty helpful for reference.

https://opencurriculum.org/9814/what-is ... nce-shell/

Toru Fiberesima 1L
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Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

You can also use the principle quantum numbers of the element to determine how many electrons it can hold. Typically, the highest number of electrons that can fit in any given shell = 2n².

YeseniaGomez_1L
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Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

Toru Fiberesima 1L wrote:You can also use the principle quantum numbers of the element to determine how many electrons it can hold. Typically, the highest number of electrons that can fit in any given shell = 2n².

To clarify, it depends on the atom. This equation provided can be used to find the number of the electrons but to add on this reply forgot to mention that n is the quantum number so you still need that to know the number of electrons the atom can hold. Hope that helps.

Alondra Juarez section 1E
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Re: Electrons in Valence Shell

I believe it depends on what you are looking at because some atoms can have expanded octets while others can not.