Homework Help

Is it possible to combine two noble gases together? If so, than what are some...

user profile pic

aj159789 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM via web

dislike 2 like

Is it possible to combine two noble gases together? If so, than what are some examples? If not, then how do they react to other elements from all groups?

4 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

jerichorayel | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 3 like

Noble gases are chemically inert meaning they can exist in nature alone or chemically stable. Apparently, if you force then to react, certain amount of energy is required to attain that status. Chemically, they are inert because their outer shell is full with valence electrons. Among the noble gases, only helium and neon are actually inert. Other noble gases tend to react with other compounds under very specific conditions.  But they do not react with among each other hence with the other gases such as fluorine and oxygen.

As the molecular weight of the noble gas increase, the first ionization energy is decreased. This also means that the capacity of the gas to donate electron/s for chemical reaction is enhanced. Therefore, larger noble gases tend to be reactive, again in certain conditions.

He -> no specific reactions

Ne -> not yet approved for possible reactions

Ar -> reacts with Fluorine

Kr -> reacts with Fluorine

Xe -> Reacts with Fluorine and Oxygen; Reactions with Chlorine is found to be unstable and under further experimentations.

Rn -> Reacts with Fluorine


user profile pic

terrence958 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 15, 2013 at 3:40 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 1 like

yeah, noble gases can combine with each other. it just doesn't have a big effect.


if they "react" with other elements, like if you put them together, nothing would happen.

ie. Neon+Sodium=NOTHING HAPPENS!!!

user profile pic

atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like

Yes two noble gases can be combine together for example He2

user profile pic

givingiswinning | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 11:44 PM (Answer #4)

dislike 0 like

Yes, two noble gases can be combine together.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes