Energy-level shells

There are seven of these known to exist, they are formed concentrically around the nucleus of an atom and contain electrons. There are never more than two electrons in the shell nearest the nucleus. More electrons are in the outer shells. Only the electrons in the outer shell can participate in chemical reactions. The shell is stable when it has the maximum number of electrons possible. If the shell is unstable, it will gain, lose, or share electorns with other atoms.

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