Compare the stability of a neutral sodium atom and a positive sodium ion. Justify your answer
- A positive sodium is more stable than a neutral sodium atom.
- An atom's stability is dependent upon whether the atom has its octet in the outer shell complete or not.
- Any atom reacts to form ions in order to complete their octet by gaining or losing electrons.
- A positive sodium ion has a complete octet of electrons in its outermost shell. It is hence more stable than the neutral atom .