What are the electrons found in the outermost energy levels?

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Mar 17, 2018

Answer:

The outermost electrons are called valance electrons.

Explanation:

The electrons in the inner electron energy levels or shells are stable and shielded by the electrons in the outer most eng ergy levels.

The electrons in the outermost energy levels are not stable (except for those in the inert gases or group VIII A. ) These electrons are not protected so they can combine with electrons from other atoms to form bonds.

The electrons that can be used for bonding ( the electrons in the outermost energy levels ) are called valance electrons. The number and type of bonds that an element can form is often called it valance, or oxidation number.

Because the electrons in the outermost energy level or shell can be used for bonding they are called valance electrons.