Answer to Question #192853 in General Chemistry for Shubham Tak

Question #192853

among Pb^(2+), Ge^(2+), Sn^(2+) and Si^(2+) whuch is most stable


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2021-05-13T02:12:12-0400

Inert pair effect may be defined as inertness of inner ns sub-shell towards chemical reaction. It is seen in groups 3A and 4A especially (5s and 6s electrons). Therefore shows mainly +2 oxidation state frequently as compared to +4oxidation state. So as we move down the group, due to inert pair effect lower oxidation state become more stable.





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