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Homework Help: Chem Valence electron question

  1. Oct 4, 2006 #1
    For the purpose of drawing dot structures and determining VSEPR shape, how do I figure out the number of valence electrons for inner transitional metals? Do I only count the electrons in the highest p and s orbitals, or do I also count the electrons in d,f,etc. orbitals? Clarification on this would be appreciated!
     
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  3. Oct 4, 2006 #2
    There are different ways of doing this. However valence electrons are usefull in lewis structures because they are reactive. The reactive electrons for transition metals are the s orbitals and d orbitals. The lewis structures are just a model and most the time they are not used for d orbitals. At that point people ussually use molecular orbital theory.

    I hope that helped.
     
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