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Posted by on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 4:43pm.

what is the effect of electrons in a penetrating orbital on Z* (the effective nuclear charge) felt by electrons in a second orbital?

  • chemistry - , Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 6:10pm

    The penetrating electron decreases the effective nuclear charge (increases the shielding) BUT not equal to 1 electron (because it just penetrates and doesn't stay in one place).

  • chemistry - , Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 6:12pm

    Not sure what you are asking but ... electrons in inner shells reduce the attraction between the (positive) nucleus and outer electron shells.

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