what is inert pair effect?

Asked by shiv nandan | 29th Aug, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

It is the reluctance of s-electrons of the valence shell to participate in bonding
s electrons are not able to participate because of strong hold of nucleus due to high penetration effect of s electrons or poor shielding effect of electrons
 The inert pair effect explains why common ions of Pb are Pb4+ and Pb2+, and not just Pb4+ as we might expect from the octet rule

Answered by  | 29th Aug, 2010, 11:27: AM

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