Units for electronegativity

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Colin Hayashi 1K
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Units for electronegativity

Postby Colin Hayashi 1K » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:55 pm

If electronegativity is a function of ionization energy and electron affinity, how is it that there are no units associated with these values?

Lindsey Lill
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Re: Units for electronegativity

Postby Lindsey Lill » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:06 pm

I thought it was because it electronegativies are just relative to one another.

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Re: Units for electronegativity

Postby JennaMinami1I » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:10 pm

I think it is because electronegativity is the tendency of atoms to attract a bonding pair of electrons, and is calculated, not experimentally measured
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Re: Units for electronegativity

Postby Jenny_Thompson_3I » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:23 pm

Electronegativity is calculated by using both electron affinity and ionization energy, so it is not a value that is calculated from an experiment. Since it is not a measured quality, it does not have units. Hope this helps!

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Re: Units for electronegativity

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:13 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrone ... alculation

The answer that you seek can be found here, they essentially divide the energy by a constant with the appropriate units to ensure that the resulting electronegativity is a dimensionless quantity

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