xenamclean_1G
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What is the difference between the atomic, covalent and ionic radii? I know they show the same trends, but what is the difference between them?

kim 2I
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An atomic radius is defined as half the distance between the centers of neighboring atoms. This inclues both ionic and covalent radii as well. A covalent radius is specifically referring to two atoms joined by a chemical bond while an ionic radius refers to the distance between neighboring ions in an ionic solid.

KnarGeghamyan1B
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The atomic radius is half the diameter of a neutral atom while the ionic radius pertains to the radius of the cation and anion in an ionic bond. They tend to be larger for anions and smaller for cations.

Sydney Myers 4I
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