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Octet Rule

Octet Rule

Author: Jennifer Roushar
  1. Explain that atoms bond in order to obtain a more stable electron configuration.

  2. Explain that a stable electron configuration is one in which the outer orbitals are filled.

  3. Demonstrate how the noble gases, having 8 valence electrons, are the most stable elements.

  4. Show how Lewis dot diagrams can represent covalent bonds.

This packet should help a learner seeking a connection between Lewis Dot Diagrams and electron configuration.

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