Homework 2.67b

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Lauryn Shinno 2H
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Homework 2.67b

Postby Lauryn Shinno 2H » Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:57 pm

Can anyone explain why carbon has a higher electron affinity than nitrogen?

Leela_Mohan3L
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Re: Homework 2.67b

Postby Leela_Mohan3L » Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:18 pm

This is because carbon has an empty 2p orbital that can be filled with an electron. A half filled 2p subshell is more stable than a partially filled 2p subshell. Nitrogen, on the other hand, does not have an empty orbital to accomodate an electron and thus has a lower affinity for electrons.

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Re: Homework 2.67b

Postby lindsey_ammann_4E » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:43 pm

Additionally, in general the elements in the top right of the periodic table have a higher electron affinity. So by this general guideline, carbon would have a higher electron affinity.


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