How many valence electrons does zinc have?
This means that neutral zinc atom has a total of 30 electrons surrounding its nucleus. To see how many of these electrons are valence electrons, write the electron configuration of a neutral zinc atom.
or, if you use the noble gas shorthand notation
Notice that the outermost shell, which for zinc is the fourth shell,
This means that zinc can lose the two electrons located in the 4s-orbital to be become the
Notice that the 3d-orbital is completely filled, which means that these electrons behave like core electrons and cannot be considered valence electrons.
Therefore, zinc has only 2 valence electrons, both located in the 4s-orbital.