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Transisiton metal electronic structure question.

  1. Jun 23, 2012 #1
    Transisiton metal electronic structure question. :)

    Hey guys, basically I know that Chromium and Copper "donate" one of their electrons from the 4s sub-shell to the 3d sub-shell. Is this true for ALL transition metals?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
     
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  3. Jun 23, 2012 #2
    Re: Transisiton metal electronic structure question. :)

    There are a number of heavier elements that are exceptions. You can find further reading on this topic "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_configuration" [Broken] and "chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Inorganic_Chemistry/Electronic_Configurations" [Broken]. While the explanation of filled and half-filled shells being favorable applies for copper and chromium in a fairly transparent manner, it becomes a far more complicated matter for other elements.
     
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