We are asked to explain why Silver (Ag) is far less reactive than Rubidium (Rb) taking into account the ground-state electronic configuration of these elements and atomic radii.
Silver and rubidium belong in the 5th period of the periodic table.
The condensed electronic configuration of the atoms are as follows:
Rb: [Kr] 5s1
Ag: [Kr] 4d105s1
Silver and rubidium both form +1 ions, but silver is far less reactive. Suggest an explanation, taking into account the ground-state electron configurations of these elements and atomic radii.
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