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Jun4-07, 11:18 AM
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So I guess in the case of the alkali metals, since they have fewer valence electrons, they require fewer closest neighbors when forming metallic bonds? For the transition elements, is the same true that since they have a greater number of valence electrons, they require the maximum number of closest neighbors?

Also can these calculations you describe explain the structures of alloys? Can they explain precipitation reactions? Are these calculations based on QM?