Lewis Structures with the noble gases

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Lewis Structures with the noble gases

Postby Daniel-1G » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:59 pm

It never occurred to me before the quiz prep that noble gases could bond with other atoms because their shells are filled. I understand that a noble gas like Xenon is large and therefore could lose an electron to an atom with a high electronegativity whereas Neon is too small. Where does this cutoff lie for the noble gases? Which can potentially be included in lewis structures and which are too small?

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Re: Lewis Structures with the noble gases

Postby Chris_Rudewicz_3H » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:45 pm

Any element before phosphorus cannot expand past an octet. This means elements beyond it (including phosphorus) are able to break this ' octet rule' .

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