valence electron


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va·lence e·lec·tron

one of the electrons that take part in chemical reactions of an atom.

valence electron

any of the electrons in the highest principal energy level of an atom or ion. They are responsible for the bonding of atoms to form crystals, molecules, and compounds.
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Atoms with one or two valence electrons, such as sodium and potassium, have low electronegativity and lose their valence electrons easily, whereas atoms with five to seven valence electrons, such as nitrogen, oxygen, and fluorine, are highly electronegative and, additionally, tend to remove electrons from less electronegative atoms.
Heavier (higher atomic weight) elements with the same number of valence electrons are less electronegative than their lighter counterparts.
As it is well known, the conventional representation of the Hydrogen molecule characterizes a four-body system due to the independence of the orbitals of the two valence electrons as requested by quantum chemistry, under which conditions no exact solution is possible.
Review the relationship between valence electrons and bonding for each atom with the students.
When a light pulse illuminates the photodiode's silicon regions, some valence electrons receive enough energy to reach the conduction band, and begin flowing as a current under the influence of an applied voltage.
Their crystal structures and the arrangement of their valence electrons (the ones that participate in chemical bonds) reshuffle, Ruoff says, to match those of the unstressed elements in the column to the right on the periodic table -- namely, niobium and tantalum.
However, valence electrons are easily affected by small changes in a material's surface chemistry.
In that case, valence electrons, the electrons that bind the atoms together in the crystal (which are not the same as the conduction electrons that form electric currents) jump from one atom to another, causing force distortions that bind the conduction electrons in pairs.