2nd Ionization Energy

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Rhea Palsule
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2nd Ionization Energy

Postby Rhea Palsule » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:32 pm

During lecture, Dr. Lavelle mentioned that the 2nd ionization energy of an element is always higher. What about an element like magnesium when you have already removed an electron and the electron configuration is now [Ne]3s1? Wouldn't the element be more "willing" to give up another electron so that it is more stable with a full valence shell?

Chiara R 1K
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Re: 2nd Ionization Energy

Postby Chiara R 1K » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:36 pm

I think the reason the second ionization energy would still be higher is that the remaining electron would then experience stronger electrostatic attraction to the positively charged nucleus, and would thus still need more energy to be removed.

Reine Nakamura 1C
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Re: 2nd Ionization Energy

Postby Reine Nakamura 1C » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:36 pm

I would recommend checking out Figure 2.26 on page 55 in the textbook and reading the little paragraph next to it... Helped me a lot! It shows that for Group 2 elements, such as Mg, they have similar second and first ionization energies as both electrons are in the 3s subshell rather than in a noble gas core. While the 3s subshell is "willing" to give up it's electrons more readily than would a noble gas core, the second ionization energy is still higher.


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