# Question #0a7ec

Mar 15, 2017

#### Answer:

The number of valence electrons in a neutral carbon atom has four valence electrons, not eight. It is in group 14/IVA, not group 8. Only noble gases exist in nature with 8 valence electrons.

#### Explanation:

The electron configuration for a neutral carbon atom is ${\text{1s"^2"2s"^2"2p}}^{2}$. The valence electrons are the highest energy s and p sublevels.