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Xenon

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:38 pm
by Joanne Kang 3I
Does anyone remember what Dr. Lavelle was saying about Xenon during lecture? Thanks

Re: Xenon

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:51 pm
by Jacob Puchalski 1G
I think he mentioned something about how since xenon has a low electronegativity, its electrons are more easily distorted by atoms with stronger electronegativity, like fluorine.

Re: Xenon

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:04 pm
by AArmellini_1I
Jacob Puchalski 1G wrote:I think he mentioned something about how since xenon has a low electronegativity, its electrons are more easily distorted by atoms with stronger electronegativity, like fluorine.

Exactly! But he was careful to add that this cannot occur with some noble gases, specifically He and Ne, and only at extremely low temperatures with Ar.

Re: Xenon

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:46 pm
by Alexa Mugol 3I
Jacob Puchalski 1G wrote:I think he mentioned something about how since xenon has a low electronegativity, its electrons are more easily distorted by atoms with stronger electronegativity, like fluorine.

In addition, Xe is highly polarizable since it has so many electrons, so it will be able to bond with highly electronegative atoms like F.

Re: Xenon

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:35 pm
by madijohnson_4A
He was also saying that the molecular structures involving Xenon are very rare because it is a noble gas and usually won't react.