Deducing valence electron configuration from trends in successive ionization energies

Deducing valence electron configuration from trends in successive ionization energies

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Deducing valence electron configuration from trends in successive ionization energies Problem: Notice that there's a sharp increase in the IE between the first and second ionization energies. That is, it takes an unusually large amount of energy to remove the second electron
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Unformatted text preview: That fact suggests that the atoms of the unknown element have only one valence electron, so that the second electron must be a core electron. It is reasonable to guess lithium because it has one valence electron and the configuration [He]2s 1...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course CHEM 152 taught by Professor Chiu during the Fall '08 term at University of Washington.

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