How do the valence electrons configurations of alkali metals compare with each other?
All members of the alkaline earth metal family have a valence electron configuration of s 2
Valence electrons are the electrons present in the outermost shell of an atom. You can easily determine the number of valence electrons an atom can have by looking at its Group in the periodic table. For example, atoms in Groups 1 and 2 have 1 and 2 valence electrons, respectively. Atoms in Groups 13 and 18 have 3 and 8 valence electrons, respectively.