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Unformatted text preview: having the highest, Mg the next highest, and so on. In fact, this trend holds true for most of the periodic table as the chart demonstrates. Generally, ionization energy increases to the right and up the periodic table. These trends are related to atomic radius. As the atomic radius of an atom decreases, the ionization energy increases. Smaller atoms will hold onto their electrons more tightly because the protons are in closer proximity to the electrons. When that distance increases, electrons are more easily removed....
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This document was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course CHEM 106 at BYU.
- Fall '08
- Ionization Energy