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Homework Help: Regular chemistry electron configuration help!

  1. Jan 16, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Why do transition metals tend to form +1/+2 ions? Take electron configurations into account so that I can better understand this "easy" concept.

    2. The attempt at a solution
    I think it has to do with the s orbitals. These, I think are valence electrons that are easily lost.... most have 2 s electrons at a high energy level, so it makes sense to lose those first.

    Thanks for the help!
    Bobby Lee
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  3. Jan 16, 2012 #2
    please! Will anyone attempt to help me out here? I have a test Thursday!!! This is sooooo hard!
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