What is inert pair effect?

Asked by  | 20th Oct, 2008, 07:26: PM

Expert Answer:

The pair of electrons in s-orbital is reluctant to take part in bond formation due to poor shielding effect of d and f  electrons heavier elements.it is called inert pair effect due to which lower oxidation state becomes more stable than higher oxidation state in case of p - block elements. 

Answered by  | 21st Oct, 2008, 10:03: AM

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