Problem: Imagine that in another universe atoms and elements are identical to ours, except that atoms with six valence electrons have particular stability (in contrast to our universe where atoms with eight valence electrons have particular stability). Give an example of an element in the alternative universe that corresponds to each of the following:a reactive metal

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We have to write an example of a noble gas in an alternate universe where elements with 6 valence electrons are particularly stable.


Most stable elements in our universe are the ones which have 8 valence electrons.

  • The number of valence electrons in the valence shell of an atom is the basis of group classification.
  • Noble gases are the gaseous elements which are found in group 8A and have 8 valence electrons.
  • Reactive metals are the metals which are found on the most left of the periodic table. These are the elements which lose electrons very easily to form cations.
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Imagine that in another universe atoms and elements are identical to ours, except that atoms with six valence electrons have particular stability (in contrast to our universe where atoms with eight valence electrons have particular stability). Give an example of an element in the alternative universe that corresponds to each of the following:

a reactive metal

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