How many electrons are in the outermost energy level of a chloride ion in table salt?

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Jan 18, 2017

Answer:

8 electrons.

Explanation:

8 valance electrons are a stable structure that allows Chlorine to achieve the same structures as Argon.

The sodium ion in salt has a charge of +1. This is because the electron density of the single valance electron of sodium has been taken for the most part by Chlorine. This give Chlorine 8 electrons.

Feb 7, 2017

Answer:

There are eight electrons in the outermost energy level of a chloride ion.

Explanation:

Chlorine (atomic number 17) is in the third row of the Periodic Table.

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We see that it has 7 electrons in its outermost energy level.

It needs only one more electron to give it an octet of electrons and a noble gas configuration.

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Hence, a chloride ion has 8 electrons in its outermost energy level.