Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

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

Chapter 6 - Covalent Bonding - Questions for Review and Thought - Review Questions - Page 283: 5b



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We see that there are no more than 6 bonds/lone pairs in the figure provided. We see that the group 5 elements generally have no more than 5, while the group 6 elements have no more than 6. Thus, it seems that the maximum number of valence electrons increases as period increases.
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