Why does an extra proton here or there make such a difference in the properties of an element?


Elements like sulfur and chlorine or gold and mercury seem really different in their chemical properties but are right next to each other on the periodic table.

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If you are collecting the 151 original Pokemon cards, and you only have 30 or 50, it’s no big deal. But if you only need 1 or 2 cards to complete your collection, you are a little more dangerous. You are more likely to spend a lot of money on packs, to buy a card outright, or even steal a card outright. But once you have a full collection, you are less likely to care if someone wants to trade cards.

If you are a group of a handful of protons, and you are missing one electron to complete your valence shell, you are way more likely to want to cut throats to get that last electron. If you have a full collection, you wouldn’t care about anyone or anything because you are already complete.

Ultimately, gold medalists are happy, bronze medalists are happy, and silver medalists are miserable.

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