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: 6



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Oxygen, though in the same group, is much smaller than Sulfur. Because it is smaller, it is impossible to give it more than 8 valence electrons. However, since Sulfur is larger, there is less resistance to putting more than 8 valence electrons on it, making it possible for it to break the octet rule.
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