In order to understand the periodic trends more fully, I wanted to calculate the net force exerted on the electron (with the highest principal quantum number and azimuthal quantum number) of an atom.

I decided to use the following procedure:

This is the graph that resulted from these calculations.

graph of electric force on valence electron

For example, for lithium:

  • 2s electron - effective nuclear charge: $\pu{1.279 e} \implies \pu{2.05e-19 C}$
  • atomic radius: $\pu{167 pm} = \pu{1.67e-10 m}$
  • Coulomb's law: $\displaystyle \frac{kq_1q_2}{r^2} = \frac{(\pu{8.99e9})(\pu{2.05e-19})(\pu{-1.602e-19})}{(\pu{1.67e-10})^2}$
  • Magnitude of force: $\pu{-1.06e-8 N} \implies \pu{1.06e-8 N}$

Is this a proper way to calculate the electric force exerted on the electron I specified?

If so, how does this graph relate with other atomic trends, like ionization energy and electronegativity?

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  • $\begingroup$ I am not sure your calculations make sense. I may be wrong. But the force changes constantly if the distance of the electron to the nucleus changes a bit. An electron has a certain energy on a given orbital, that does not change in time. But the attractive force changes as a function of the distance to the nucleus. it is a little like the vibrating pendulum. The driving force is maximum when the extension is maximum, and equal to zero when its speed is maximum. So what you do is obtaining a sort of intermediate value of the attractive force, which does not mean too much. $\endgroup$
    – Maurice
    Aug 20 '20 at 10:29

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