Why are the outermost electrons the only ones included in the electron dot diagram?

3 Answers

  • the outermost electrons are called the valence electrons, and these valence electrons are responsible for chemical reactions. the inner electrons do not have participation in chemical reactions.

  • they are the ones that aren’t stable, so they can be shared or taken away. The other orbitals with the other electrons are full, meaning they have all the electrons they need, so they are stable.

  • The other orbitals are assumed to be full.

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