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Electron affinity of an element is the energy released when an electron is added to a gas-phase atom. In terms of the periodic table, the highest electron affinities can be found toward the right side of the periodic table (especially the upper right near oxygen, sulfur, and the halogens).
Electron affinity is the energy released when an electron is added to the gas phase of an atom. It increases up a group and across a period from left to right. The elements with the highest electron affinities are located in the top right corner of the periodic table in group 17.
In high school, I learned to think of electron affinity as the "love an atom or molecule has for an electron". Usually, elements with electron shells that are almost filled tend to have greater electron affinities, or, they want to fill their shells more readily than other elements. For example, Fluorine would have a higher Eea than say Oxygen or Nitrogen because it has seven electrons in its shell and wants a full octet.
Electron affinity is the desire of an atom to receive an electron or the energy that is released when an electron is added to an atom. It increases from left to right and bottom to top, same as ionization energy, because the atomic radius decreases which increases the electrostatic interactions of the nucleus with an electron, making it easier to accept and electron and release more energy when it does. Different from the ionization energy, noble gases are not included in this trend since it is unfavorable to accept another electron to a valence shell that is already filled and stable.
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