Ionization energy vs. Atomic radii

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Ionization energy vs. Atomic radii

Postby VahagnAldzhyan » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:41 pm

Why is it that some people determine the central atom based off the atomic radii and not the ionization energy? Aren't there exceptions for carbon and oxygen for the ionization energy?

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Re: Ionization energy vs. Atomic radii

Postby David Minasyan 1C » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:14 pm

I'm not sure about the first question, but the exception with ionization energy is that Oxygen has a lower ionization energy than Nitrogen because Oxygen has an extra electron in its first orbital that it would much rather remove whereas Nitrogen has nicely balanced 3 electrons.

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