Chemistry: 5.7 Noble Gases

If the Queen cuts the cheese is it considered a noble gas? Oh boy, even we thought we were above that one. Today's video is about none other than noble gases. 

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All of their loyal subjects marvel at the gases' obvious air of nobility.

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How do they stay so calm and regal looking?

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Even in the face of royal courtroom drama?

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It has to do with their electrons.

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Since all of the Noble gases have their outer orbital completely full...

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...they're never looking to gain or lose an electron.

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We've seen the lowly elements that are always trying to gain or lose electrons.

00:54

Of course the Noble gases are a bit braggadocious, even if they've earned it.

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Each of them wears a crest on their uniform proudly advertising

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their totally stable valence electron configuration.

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King Helium, with two electrons in its outer shell, has a crest that reads 1-S-2.

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The other Noble gases have crests that look a bit different

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but still indicate that they have totally full outer orbitals.

01:19

Nothing like rubbing it in a little, huh?

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No matter what atrocities occur inside the court...

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the Noble gases remain totally un-reactive.

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There's never any panic on their faces, never any stress lines forming on their foreheads.

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Because they're perfectly content with their respective electron situations.

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They never feel pressured to change their configuration to please anyone.

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Except, maybe, for Prince Argon, who always fancies himself a performance artist.

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But he swallowed his pride and took his place on the court to make his parents happy.