Main Question or Discussion Point
I have googled it and cannot find anything. Apparently the rule that transition metals want full or half-full orbitals is false. I understand why the 4s orbital would be lost but I don't understand why some d electrons would be lost. For example in Mn6+, the electron configuration would be [Ar] 3d1. I don't understand why the Mn atom would lose 4 d electrons but keep 1. Can someone try to explain this?