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Why are noble gases so stable?

Question asked by: dannyboy

Noble gases are extremely stable for chemical reasons, or more precisely, chemical bond reasons.

Electrons naturally move into favourable locations or orbits around the nucleus which loosely form certain shells; some configurations are more stable than others - a full shell or empty shell being much more stable than one which is partially full.

The noble gases have an outer electron shell that is full and therefore they are very stable as there is less attraction for them to react to form a more stable nucleus.

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In addition to the points given by unknown this point should of interest: The ionization energies of noble gases are very high.
By: psahu63

Date of comment: Tue, Aug 31st 2010

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