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Kennedi3K wrote:What did Dr. Lavelle mean when he said non-metals do not form cation because their ionization energies are too high?
He meant that since their ionization energies are too high, meaning that a very large amount of energy is required to remove one of their valence electrons, they will not lose electrons to form cations. Instead, they will gain electrons since they have a high electron affinity, forming anions.
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