Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 5 - Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table - Problem Solving Practice 5.10 - Page 225: a


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From the table, we see that copper in its ground state has one valence electron, which is in the 4s orbital. Since valence electrons are much easier to remove than core electrons, it makes sense that copper would lose just this one electron to gain a 1+ charge.
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