Why do the outershell electrons determine the chemistry of potassium and oxygen?

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For homework due monday! please answer quickly!! Its As Chemistry. 

Posted Sat 22nd September, 2012 @ 13:56 by Amy

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The outer shell electrons determine the chemistry because its ionic bonding, which is an electrostatic attraction between two oppositely charged molecules. In this case Potassium has a +1 charge and oxygen has a -2 charge.

Chemical reactions in general always involve electrons, electrons determine the chemical properties of atoms and compunds.

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Answered Sat 22nd September, 2012 @ 18:21 by blueberrifantom