Question #d9f6a

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Dec 16, 2016

Not in general, no.


The conductivity in a metal cannot simply be put down to the number of valence electrons, as other factors will weigh in as well. When we look at the very best conductors, such as silver, gold and copper, all show a single valence electron, having a complete #d^10# subshell, and a single s electron in the valence shell.

Aluminum (or aluminium, depending on where you live) on the other hand has 3 valence electrons and is a mediocre conductor.