Noble gases

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Noble gases

Postby Lelija Kazlauskas 3J » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:59 pm

Why would a noble gas like xenon form a covalent bond? It's valence shell is already full.

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Re: Noble gases

Postby zachary_nhem_4I » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:03 pm

This occurs because some elements are able to have an expanded octet. This occurs when the valence shell has enough orbitals to accommodate for the additional electrons.

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Re: Noble gases

Postby Kendall 3H » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:04 pm

Xeon and other noble gases with 8 electrons in their valence shells can still form covalent bonds because of their expanded octet.

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Re: Noble gases

Postby RasikaObla_4I » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:38 pm

Noble gases from the 3p orbital onwards are able to have an expanded octet because the electrons can expand into the d subshell. As a result, xenon is able to form a covalent bond because it can expand its octet.

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