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oxygen vs nitrogen electronegativity

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:41 pm
by Jared_Yuge
Why is oxygen less electronegative than nitrogen?

Re: oxygen vs nitrogen electronegativity

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:46 pm
by katrinawong3d
Actually, Oxygen is more electronegative than Nitrogen as it is the second most electronegative element.

Re: oxygen vs nitrogen electronegativity

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:52 pm
by haileyramsey-1c
I think of you may be thinking of why oxygen's ionization energy is less than nitrogen. This is because nitrogen has a half filled p orbital which is more stable and ideal than oxygen's 4 electrons in the p orbital.

Re: oxygen vs nitrogen electronegativity

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:13 am
by Sanjana K - 2F
Oxygen's ionization energy is lower than that of nitrogen because nitrogen has 3 electrons in the p-shell so it's half-full but oxygen has 4 electrons so there will be one set of paired electrons and 2 unbonded electrons, making it less stable. To be more stable, we're more likely to pull out the extra electron from oxygen than ruin the stability that nitrogen already has, so oxygen has a lower ionization energy.