## Electronegativity Calculation

taiyeojeikere-3C
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### Electronegativity Calculation

How do we calculate the electronegativity of an atom, or is it something that we have to estimate?

Karishma_1G
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### Re: Electronegativity Calculation

I don't think we've learned how to calculate it so we just have to estimate it based off of the periodic trend for electronegativity (Fluorine is the most electronegative).

Jessica Helfond 2F
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### Re: Electronegativity Calculation

There's also a periodic table with the elements and their electronegativity numbers, but I'm pretty sure Lavelle said we don't have to memorize the exact values. If we needed to know the precise numbers, it would be given to us.

Archana Biju 1G
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### Re: Electronegativity Calculation

You just have to know the trend of electronegativity on the periodic table and also the idea behind it - which is how easily an atom can attract a bonding pair of electrons. Ex: F needs only one more electron to reach a stable state so it's highly electronegative.

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### Re: Electronegativity Calculation

We won't be asked to calculate electronegativity, but it is calculated using measured values of electron affinity and ionization energy.

Angela Grant 1D
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### Re: Electronegativity Calculation

In the book the equation for electronegativity is given as the average of ionization energy and electron affinity. But in lecture Dr. Lavelle said we'd just be given the table of values if we need to use them on a test so we probably don't need the equation