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Discuss the importance of valence electrons in this lesson. What and where are they? Why are
they important? Be sure to base your answer on what we discussed in THIS class and use the
terminology from the course materials.
Valence electrons can be found on the outer most principle shell of an element and are
important due to their involvement in chemical bonding. You can find the valence electrons for
an element by writing an electron configuration. For example: Sr
You can write a full configuration, or you can abbreviate the configuration by using a noble gas,
noted in brackets beside your configuration.
The valence electrons for this element is a total of 2. You can also determine this by looking to
the periodic table and establishing which group the element is in; 2A.
By knowing the number of valence electrons, we can then determine how to write the Lewis
structure and determining the shape of the element.
Feedback: This is discussed in chapters 9 and 10