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mikewday
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Feb27-12, 11:08 PM
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I am looking for a fairly simplistic answer to why different "shells" in atoms can only hold a specific number of electrons. There is so much based on valence electrons and how many electrons make a full shell but, do we know why atoms "seek" a full outer shell? It seems like there should be a pretty simple answer but, I have had a hard time finding information. I appreciate any help or insight.
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