The atomic number of argon is 18. Will argon tend to form bonds with other elements?

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Argon is one of the noble gases (group 18) and thus does not normally combine with other elements.  Elements follow what is commonly termed the "8 is great rule".  What this means is elements will try to obtain 8 electrons in their outer energy level (called valence electrons).

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Argon is one of the noble gases (group 18) and thus does not normally combine with other elements.  Elements follow what is commonly termed the "8 is great rule".  What this means is elements will try to obtain 8 electrons in their outer energy level (called valence electrons).

Argon being number 18 has the configuration 1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p6 which is a full outer energy level.  The 3s2 combined with the 3p6 is an octet (8 electrons) so argon does not need to go looking for other electrons.

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