Which orbital would contain the highest ionization energy?

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tonyhu
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Which orbital would contain the highest ionization energy?

Postby tonyhu » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:24 pm

Is it S?

DMuth_1J
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Re: Which orbital would contain the highest ionization energy?

Postby DMuth_1J » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:29 pm

I don't believe you should be concerned about which orbital has the highest ionization energy, but more focused on the elements themselves. The ionization energy would increase as the energy level of the orbital decreases. Therefore, the S1 orbital has a higher IE than P1 and so forth.

Tiffany Chao 2H
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Re: Which orbital would contain the highest ionization energy?

Postby Tiffany Chao 2H » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:17 pm

Orbitals don't necessarily have to do with the ionization energy levels. Just know the periodic table trend for ionization energy: The further right you go in a row, the higher the ionization energy is. The further down you go in a column, the lower the ionization energy.

Vicki Liu 2L
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Re: Which orbital would contain the highest ionization energy?

Postby Vicki Liu 2L » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:35 pm

You aren't necessarily wrong in that within each energy level, electrons in the s orbital would have the highest ionization energy. So for instance, within the energy level n=3, in order of increasing ionization energy, it would be 3d, 3p, 3s. However, it's probably better to think of it as electrons having higher ionization energies as you get closer to the nucleus, rather than focusing too much on orbitals.


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