posted by Sarah on .
Helium doesn't react with any other substance. Is it accurate to say that helium has no chemical properties? Explain.
Please help because I'm not sure of the answer.
I've been in chemistry a long time and this is the first time I've faced this question. I've looked on the web and the answers run the gamut from completely false to interesting assessments. Most end up with some kind of disclaimer. Having said all of that my inclination is to answer, yes, it has no chemical properties since it doesn't react with anything and this is especially true if chemical property is defined as a reaction. If chemical property is defined differently there may be other answers.
Helium has chemical properties, as do all elements. Just because an element is inert doesn't mean it doesn't have chemical properties - it can be a liquid, gas or solid, it has specific mass, etc