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Postby mayapartha_1D » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm


I have a question regarding electron affinity trends. For problem 67 part B, the question is which has the higher electron affinity: nitrogen or chlorine. The answer should be nitrogen because it is to the right of chlorine, but in the book it says the answer is chlorine. Why is this??


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Postby Emily Glaser 1F » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:19 pm

If you look at the periodic table, chlorine is actually to the right of nitrogen. Maybe you got confused with C and Cl. Also,the electron affinity of Chlorine is higher than Nitrogen since chlorine only needs one more electron to fill its shell.

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Postby Charles Ang 1E » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:20 am

A quick way to know which element has a higher electron affinity is to look at the number of valence electrons it has. Chlorine has 7; whereas nitrogen has 5. Therefore, Chlorine is going to hold its outer electrons more strongly.

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