My teacher told me that Neon has a larger atomic radius than Fluorine.I am of the understanding that it is merely a consequence of the way we define the atomic radius and that we use Van der walls radius for neon which is larger that the covalent radius of fluorine.

He also said that the radius of a fluorine 1- anion is more than a neon atom by using the fact that they are iso-electronic species and that since neon has a higher nuclear charge, it will pull on the 10 electrons more than fluorine.

But what definition of atomic radius am i using for neon now? Aren't we always supposed to use the Van der walls definition for noble gases? In case we do use the Van der walls radius of the neon atom and the ionic radius of the fluorine anion, how am i supposed to compare these two and come to the conclusion that the fluorine anion is larger?