Oxygen atoms have an atomic number of 8. Neon atoms have 10 electrons. Predict whether or not these atoms are generally reactive (i.e., can form chemical bonds with other atoms). Explain your answer. (Note that this question is not asking whether oxygen can react with neon.)

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    Both oxygen and neon are reactive because their outermost electron orbitals are not filled.
    Both oxygen and neon are not reactive because their outermost electron orbitals are filled.
    Oxygen is not reactive because its outermost electron shell contains 8 electrons (is filled); neon is reactive because its outermost electron shell contains 2 electrons (is not filled).
    Oxygen is reactive because its outermost electron shell contains 6 electrons (is not filled); neon is not reactive because its outermost electron shell contains 8 electrons (is filled).

asked May 29, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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Oxygen is reactive because its outermost electron shell contains 6 electrons (is not filled); neon is not reactive because its outermost electron shell contains 8 electrons (is filled).
answered May 30, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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