Electron Affinity of Carbon vs. Nitrogen

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Aimiel Casillan 1J
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Electron Affinity of Carbon vs. Nitrogen

Postby Aimiel Casillan 1J » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:11 pm

Professor Lavelle said that electron affinity is greater as you move from left to right in a period. If that's the case, then why does Carbon have a higher electron affinity than Nitrogen? Also, we will we need to know anomalies, such as this, for the quiz on Tuesday?

vidish
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Re: Electron Affinity of Carbon vs. Nitrogen

Postby vidish » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:59 pm

Nitrogen is already in its half filled stable configuration 1s2 2s2 2p3 therefore it resist any change in its stable configuration. Whereas carbon would want an electron to achieve half filled stable configuration. Therefore carbon has higher electron affinity.


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