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Homework Help: Gas state

  1. Apr 22, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    why do the noble gases stay at a gas state whe almost every other element in the period doesnt?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    because the elctrons repel each other? i dont know
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 22, 2008 #2
    Maybe. I'm not sure too, but it's probably very difficult to bring the atoms of these gases together, because the electrons repel each other (and they won't make any molecules because they already have maximum number of valence electrons).
  4. Apr 22, 2008 #3
    Yes, the electrons repel each other, but the electrons of other elements also repel each other. How are the atoms of noble elements different from other elements? That's the key.
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