Ionization Energy

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Ionization Energy

Postby Carolina Gomez 2G » Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:51 am

Why is the second ionization energy always greater than the first ionization energy?

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Charlotte Adams 1A » Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:57 am

For the first ionization energy you are removing an electron from a neutral atom, however, for the second ionization energy you are removing an electron from a cation. It is harder to remove an electron from a positively charged atom than a neutral atom because the positive charge holds on to the remaining electrons more tightly.

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Lea Chamoun 2J » Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:58 am

When a neutral atom loses one electron, it will have a net positive charge. The nuclear charge pulling the electrons in is stronger than in the neutral atom, meaning that the electrons more tightly. It requires more energy to remove electrons that are tightly held. Because more energy is required to move an electron from an atom that has a net positive charge than from a neutral atom, the second ionization energy is greater.

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Simi Kapila_3E » Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:23 am

When an atom loses its first electron, the effective nuclear charge has a greater effect on the other electrons. Thus, they are held more tightly to the atom, and they require more energy than the first energy to be removed from the electron

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Mahika More 1H » Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:27 am

A cation pulls in an electron much more and therefore it requires more energy for it to be removed. After the first ionization, the atom loses a negative charge and therefore it becomes positive making the nucleus stronger requiring more energy for the next removal.

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Mansi Solanki 3A » Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:32 am

The second ionization energy is greater than the first ionization energy because removing a 2nd electron requires more energy than removing the 1st electron. This is mainly due to the fact that a neutral atom does not have as tight of a grip on the electrons as a cation (which is formed after you remove the first electrons) because losing one electron increases the effect of the nuclear charge on the rest of the electrons. Since the electrons are held more tightly due to the nuclear charge, the second ionization energy goes up.

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Ashley Lopez 3J » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:20 pm

The second ionization energy is greater than the first because once an electron is removed, the other electrons are held tighter since there is one less electron contributing to the negative repulsion.

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Re: Ionization Energy

Postby Andrew Yoon 3L » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:47 pm

The second ionization energy is greater than the first ionization energy because there are less electrons in the element. With one less electron, the remaining electron(s) will face a greater attraction/pull from the nucleus of the element. In order to remove the second electron that is experiencing a greater pull, more energy is needed.


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