Neon is an element that is part of the Noble Gas Group. The Noble Gas Group is made of helium, argon, krypton, xenon, radon, and of course Neon. These gases are in Group 18 of the periodic table. Neon is also in Period 2; all elements in the same period all have similar properties. The periodic table is a table that is able to show us how elements relate to each other. The periodic table is arranged by the number of protons or commonly revered to as Atomic Number. The noble gases are also known as inert gases. We get this name because almost all of the Noble Gases do not very react very much. Just so you know compounds exist in only three noble gases—krypton, radon, and xenon. Chemists have yet to make any compounds of helium, neon, or argon. The reasons that Noble Gases are not very reactant is because they have a full set of 8 valence electrons.
The discovery of neon was an unintentional discovery. Its discovery will not be fully understandable unless told the background story of the research of air. It took humans much time to get a full understanding of air. At one point, philosophers thought air was an element. The first research to prove this idea wrong was done in the 1770s. In that time of study, two elements were discovered in air: nitrogen and oxygen. After this discovery most chemists seemed to believe that is all that
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