Chemistry: Molecular Approach (4th Edition)

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Chapter 8 - Section 8.7 - Ions: Electron Configurations, Magnetic Properties, Ionic Radii, and Ionization Energy - Conceptual Connection: 8.7

Answer

Valence electrons can be easily transferred or shared, and therefore are the most important to chemical bonding.

Work Step by Step

Successive ionization energies of any element follow an increasing trend. This means that more energy is needed to ionize the core electrons than the valence electrons. So, valence electrons can be easily transferred or shared, and therefore are the most important to chemical bonding.
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