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I Electron configuration vs. Lewis dot structure?

  1. Aug 25, 2016 #1
    I am trying to make a connection between the two in terms of the electron configuration for an atom relative to the octet rule for Lewis Dot diagrams. Maybe I just don't understand what the electron configuration represents. Why is it that Lewis Dot diagrams utilize 8 valence electrons as a full 'shell', whereas electron configurations have varying degrees of allowable electrons per orbitals as in the outermost orbital?
     
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  3. Aug 25, 2016 #2

    DrClaude

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    The octet rule is applicable to main-group elements, where it is the s and p orbitals that participate in bonding.
     
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