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Offline transgalactic

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describing bond between elements..
« on: January 24, 2009, 03:09:58 AM »
regarding case B:
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before Br has 17 electrons
after the reaction each Br gets 1 electron
so each Br must have 18 electrons

but in the solution
they have only 8

its not 18
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Re: describing bond between elements..
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2009, 04:38:04 AM »
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before Br has 17 electrons
huh?
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Re: describing bond between elements..
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2009, 05:12:16 AM »
Br=[Ar]3d^10 4s^2 4p^5

10+2+5=17

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Re: describing bond between elements..
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 09:42:54 AM »
Why do you include the 3d electrons? It doesn't mean 3d, 4s, 4p electrons are the valence electrons when written in this form.
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Re: describing bond between elements..
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009, 06:58:24 PM »
When it is written in this form though:

elemental Br=[Ar]3d^10 4s^2 4p^5

you can look at the highest energy level (in this case 4) and then get the valence electrons in these orbitals (in this case 7 valence electrons), that is why each bromine gets one electron, to have eight valence electrons and have a stable octet. That is why it shows eight valence and not 18

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