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Nucleophillic Strength

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:54 am
by Amy Perez 2K
How do you determine the nucleophillic strength for elements in the same column?

Re: Nucleophillic Strength

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:15 am
by Christine Van 2E
Hi!

Nucleophilic strength increases as you go down a column because the atoms get bigger. Bigger atoms mean the electron cloud is more polarizable, thus making it easier to donate electrons.

Hope that helps!