Inert Pair

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Kimberly 1H
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Inert Pair

Postby Kimberly 1H » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:09 pm

I'm not sure I understand why a pair of low energy s-valence electrons being more difficult to remove during ion formation would result in an ion 2 units lower charge than expected.

Krisdylle Repollo 4H
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Re: Inert Pair

Postby Krisdylle Repollo 4H » Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:47 pm

A pair of low energy s-valence electrons would be harder to remove during ion formation because that atom would have a higher ionization energy than the atom with only on low energy s-valence electron. Remember that ionization energy of atoms increases across a period, meaning that the attraction between the nucleus and the electrons gets stronger which makes the valence electrons harder to remove from the atom.


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