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Understanding the definitions of energy and electron affinity

Understanding the definitions of energy and electron affinity

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Understanding the definitions of energy and electron affinity Problem: A reaction in which a neutral atom loses an outer electron (e- on the right side of the equation) is called an ionization reaction: Ionization reactions always absorb energy, called the ionization energy (IE)
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Unformatted text preview: • Reaction requires energy A reaction in which a neutral atom gains an outer electron (e- on the left side) is called an electron attachment reaction : • Normally energy is released, called the electron affinity (EA) • Reaction releases energy...
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