Understanding periodic trends in atomic ionizability

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Understanding periodic trends in atomic ionizability Problem: It takes energy to ionize an atom because the powerful attractive electric force between an electron and a nucleus must be overcome. The attractive force is given by Coulomb's law: The effective charge on the nucleus of an atom get bigger as you go from left to right
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Unformatted text preview: along a period. Energy req'd goes up as you go to the right The distance between the nucleus and the outermost electrons in an atom gets bigger as you go down along a group. Energy goes down as you go down on the table....
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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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