Electronegativity

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Electronegativity

Postby melissa_dis4K » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:49 pm

Between atoms like chloride and oxygen how do you determine which has a higher electronegativity given that electronegativity increases as you go up and across to the right?

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Re: Electronegativity

Postby Tarika Gujral 1K » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:26 pm

Electronegativity follows a diagonal trend: increasing towards the upper right: however, period is more important than group. This is because a lower period is associated with fewer energy shells, and thus a higher Zeff. Higher Zeff implies greater electronegativity: because the stronger the nuclear pull, the greater the pull on electrons.

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Re: Electronegativity

Postby Joaquin Andrade » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:42 pm

Because Cl is a period beneath O, it is affected by shielding, which reduces the pull of the nucleus on valence electrons. Thus, O will be more electronegative even though Cl is a group to the right.


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