the chemical properties of the elements are chiefly due to ?

the # & distribution of the inner electrons

the # & distribution of the outer electrons

an element’s reactivity is due to the number and distribution of the outer electrons
each element ‘wants’ to have a complete outer electron shell. if it doesn’t have a complete outer shell, it will react (bond) with other elements
this is only one property of the element though. i don’t know what is responsible for the other properties, such as boiling point, melting point, phase etc

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