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Generally, noble gases are very unreactive. Why?
I understand that it has to do with electron shielding prospective electrons that could join the atom or leave and the energies associated with both actions, but why are 5 electrons in the p orbital (to take Fluorine as an example) so much worse in shielding the nuclear charge than 6 (Neon)?
What IS electron shielding, anyway? I understand it in the classical lie-to-children way, but not satisfactorily.