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Central Atom

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:16 pm
by DanielaWong_2G
How do we determine what the central atom is? I know I wrote it down somewhere but I can't seem to find it. Was it the higher electronegative atom?

Re: Central Atom

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:21 pm
by Alyssa_Wieand_2G
It is usually the atom will the least ionization energy.

Re: Central Atom

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:53 am
by Myra_Zhan_2N
The central atom is generally the least electronegative atom. The electronegativity increases across a period but decreases down a group.

Re: Central Atom

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:19 am
by Minu Reddy
Remember that the ionization energy increases across a period and decreases across a group.

So you would want to pick elements that are on the bottom left hand corner of the periodic table.

Re: Central Atom

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:51 pm
by dayannaramirez_1J
Why does the central atom need a low ionization energy?

Re: Central Atom

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:15 am
by Tiffany_Hoang_3C
The least electronegative atom means not a lot of energy is needed to remove an electron from the atom. This means that it is more likely to share electrons and create bonds, making it a good central atom.