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For questions about the atomic radius - a measure of the size of an atom, usually the mean or typical distance from the center of the nucleus to the boundary of the surrounding "cloud" of electrons.

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Why are the atomic radii of iron, cobalt, nickel, and copper almost the same?

We have to select the set of elements which will have almost the same atomic radii: $\ce{O, S, Se, Te}$ $\ce{Li, Be, B, C}$ $\ce{Fe, Co, Ni, Cu}$ I googled the atomic radii of the third set and ...
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Why are there drastic changes sometimes in radius of isoelectronic ions?

$\ce{S^{2-}}$, $\ce{Cl-}$, $\ce{K+}$, and $\ce{Ca^{2+}}$ each have the same number of electrons. Their effective ionic radii are 182, 181, 138, and 100 picometers, respectively, and the number of ...
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Trend in atomic radius for noble gases

In an exam, we were given the following graph and asked to explain why the slope of the change in r vs. Z changes dramatically at a point along the curve. I understand that the d block causes the ...
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Na+ or Ca2+ . Which ion has the larger radius?

Which ion has the larger radius? Some sites say $r(\ce{Na+}) > r(\ce{Ca^2+})$. Any explanation would be appreciated.
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Van der Waals Radius clarifications

I just read about van der Waals radius and had some questions about it. Would it be correct to say that in general, van der Waals radius decreases as we move from left to right in the periodic table? ...
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Newer ionic radii data than Shannon's 1976 compilation?

Shannon, R. D., 1976, Revised effective ionic radii and systematic studies of interatomic distances in halides and chalcogenides: Acta Crystallographica Section A, v. 32, p. 751–767. DOI: 10.1107/...
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How can we measure the atomic radius of an atom?

The definition of atomic radius is half the average internuclear distance of an atom. But many times I've been told that it is not possible to handle a single atom. Thus how can we measure the ...
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van der Waals coefficients for helium and neon

The values of the coefficient $b$ for helium and neon are $$\begin{array}{cc} \hline \text{Element} & b\text{ / }\mathrm{dm^3\ mol^{-1}} \\ \hline \ce{He} & 2.38 \times 10^{-2} \\ \ce{Ne} &...
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Why does the beryllium 2+ ion have a larger radius than a helium atom?

$\ce{Be^2+}$ has an ionic radius of $\pu{45 pm}$, while $\ce{He}$ has a radius of only $\pu{31 pm}$. If they are isoelectronic (they both have two elections in the $\mathrm{1p}$ orbital), and $\ce{Be}$...
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Interaction radius of a molecule

What is the most commonly used radius of an atom or molecule to describe the area that must touch another area of another molecule for the two to react. Is there one radius that always works or does ...
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Atomic radii of Sc, Ti, Fe, and Co

The atomic radius of Sc is $\pu{162pm}$, Ti is $\pu{147pm}$, $\ce{Fe}$ is $\pu{126pm}$, and that of $\ce{Co}$ is $\pu{125pm}$. The electronic configuration of $\ce{Fe}$ is $\ce{[Ar] 3d^6 4s^2}$, and ...
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Why is the ionic radius of Al(3+) smaller than that of Li+?

I was examining the ionic radii of some ions from this site for a school assignment. I noticed a weird anomaly in the ionic radius of $\ce{Li+}$ as compared to that of $\ce{Al}^{3+}$. The ionic ...
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Comparison of atomic radii

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 ...
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The explanation on atomic size

I always receive two type of explanation for the decreasement of atomic size for elements across the period. Explanation according to proton number This explanation is from my teacher. The proton ...
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Ca and Mg hydrated radius in clay flocculation

Ca has an atomic radius of $197\mathrm{~pm}$ and a Pauling electronegativity of $1.00$. Mg has an atomic radius of $197\mathrm{~pm}$ and a Pauling electronegativity of $1.31$. Since Mg is smaller ...
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Why the atomic (metallic) radius of gallium is less than that of aluminium?

It is a well known fact that on moving down the group of p-block elements, the atomic radius is expected to increase. However, gallium is an exception. The atomic radius i.e., the metallic radius of ...
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Meaning of the 1s orbital diagram

I'm a little confused about the interpretation of the 1s orbital diagram. I know that the outer boundary is where the wave function of the 1s orbital has a constant value, which means means there's a ...
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Comparing size of ions lithium, gallium ions

How is the size of $\ce{Li+}$ ($\pu{0.68}$) larger than $\ce{Ga^3+}$ ($0.62$)? This is very difficult for me to understand why they say that size of Li+ with 3 protons and just 2 electrons should be ...
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Why can't we calculate the atomic radii of noble gases?

My book says that only the Van der Waal's radius of noble gases can be measured as these gases generally do not form compounds (except Xenon.) Then why can't we just calculate the atomic radii by ...
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What is the difference between the Bohr model and the quantum model?

Specifically, Bohrs atom model gives the radius of an atom as 0.53‎Å, while a quantum description offers a similar value. What is the difference between these?
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Why is the radius of the caesium cation smaller than that of the chloride anion?

I am currently studying the structures of ionic compounds and how we can use radius ratios to predict the possible arrangement of ions in the lattice. My book mentions that the cation to anion radius ...
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For which pair of species is the difference in radii the greatest?

For which pair of species is the difference in radii the greatest? (A) $\ce{Li}$ and $\ce{F}$ (B) $\ce{Li+}$ and $\ce{F^-}$ (C) $\ce{Li+}$ and $\ce{O^2-}$ (D) $\ce{O^2-}$ and ...
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Why the radius of noble gases is more than the halogens or the previous groups?

Noble gases have a larger radius than the halogens. Sometimes it is greater than the radius of group I elements. Why it is like that? When we talk about radius of noble gases what type of radius ...
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Why does the “gap” between atomic radii get smaller down the periodic table?

The question asks: why is the difference in atomic radii between $\ce{K}$ and $\ce{Na}$ larger than the difference in atomic radii between $\ce{Cs}$ and $\ce{Rb}$? I do have some kind of notion that ...
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Is it possible to calculate atomic radius with electron configuration?

I need to know whether is it possible to calculate the atomic radius according to the number of electrons and electron configuration. Or is there any way to calculate the atomic radius using common ...
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Why is the difference between atomic radii of Na and K greater than that of Rb and Cs?

I am aware that this question has already been asked here: Why does the "gap" between atomic radii get smaller down the periodic table?. However, I was wondering if there is a way to ...
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Does electron shielding increase or stay constant moving LEFT to RIGHT across a period?

Does electron shielding increase or stay constant moving left to right across a period? I have read about both, and I just want to know which one is right. I believe that electron shielding remains ...
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How to know which ionic compound have the highest lattice energy without knowing the values of the radii?

Given two ionic compounds, for instance: $$\ce{CaS} \quad \mathrm{or} \quad \ce{KCl}$$ What is the procedure to predict which of the two have the highest lattice energy (in absolute value)? (...
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Why is there a discrepancy among sources on the atomic radius of some elements?

My book says the atomic radius of gallium is less than that of aluminium, but I found out different atomic sizes on different sites. For example, this says gallium is 136 pm and aluminium is 118 pm, ...
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Gap in ionic radii

The above picture was shown in a presentation by my prof in inorganic chem as we were discussing ionic radii more in depth (all in pm). These are all isoelectronic radii. Notice the sudden leap in ...
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Why is the atomic radius of krypton smaller than that of potassium?

A potassium atom comprises 19 protons and 18 core electrons. Those electrons screen 18 protons worth of Coulomb force. Therefore, there is one proton worth of Coulomb force attracting the valence ...
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“Crystal radius” vs “Ionic radius”

What is the difference between crystal radius and ionic radius? For $\ce{NaCl}$ for example the ions combine to a crystal, and I would have guessed they are equal. But I then found an example of data, ...
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Why does being “bonded” decrease atomic size?

I have a furiously overwhelming question- Why is the atomic size of noble gases larger than the atomic size of the previous halogen when atomic sizes decrease across a group? I did search it on ...
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What is the atomic radius of chlorine?

I'm trying to study for chemistry and there's a question in my book about identifying an element based on its atomic radius. But when I looked up the value for chlorine, I found different answers from ...
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Why is it easier to determine the radius of inert/noble gases?

My textbook says it is possible to determine the atomic radius of the inert gases like He, Ne, Ar etc because they roam freely and are incapable of forming bonds. However it is very difficult to find ...
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Can ionic and atomic radii be compared?

Can ionic and atomic radii be compared? For example, this is a common problem in some intro chem courses: Rank the following from smallest to largest: sodium ion, magnesium ion, neon, fluoride, ...
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Variation in atomic sizes in the transition elements

From left to right across a period, effective nuclear charge increases in the transition series, just like in the p block, and so atomic size decreases. Here the electrons are being added to the d ...
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Why are the Covalent Radii of Ruthenium and Osmium So Similar?

Osmium and Ruthenium have covalent radii 144 and 146 respectively (according to Wikipedia). How are these values so similar when Osmium has 32 more electrons, with another filled p, s, and f orbital ...
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How/where can I find a reliable atomic radii table?

I am currently working on a periodic table to include it in a experimental chemistry book and I would like to include non-bonded atomic radii data so it would be easier for the students to learn about ...
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Why do some elements such as polonium not follow the trend of decreasing atomic radius?

Most of the periodic table follows the trend of increasing radius as you move down a family and decreasing radius as you move across a period. Why is this trend not observed for polonium?
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Ionic bond and ionic radii in FeS

Which of the following statements is true regarding an ionic bond in $\ce{FeS}$? Iron atoms gain electrons and sulfur atoms lose electrons. Iron and sulfur ions bond by ...
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What is the difference between the mean radial distance and the most probable radial distance of an orbital?

I was reading JD Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry and it has given some values of mean radial distance which is increasing from s to p to d orbital. I had earlier read that the most probable radial ...
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XRD-Shorter distance between planes than actual radius of atoms/or cell parameter

I'm solving problems related to X-ray diffraction, and I get these results which apparently are correct. My question may be dumb, but I just can't see how the interplanar distance might be shorter ...
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Finding orbit radius using the Bohr model and Rydberg equation

To start with its a homework problem, quite lengthy. A particle of mass equal to 208 times the mass of an electron moves in a circular orbit around a nucleus of charge $+3e$. Assuming the Bohr ...
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How to get ionic radii for coordination number 12?

I am studying $\ce{ABX3}$ perovskites, and I would like to calculate Goldschmidt tolerance factors for them. The $\ce{A}$ sites in these materials have a coordination number $12$. The Shannon's ...
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Variation in atomic radii of elements in different blocks?

If we look at the values for the atomic radii (look at the table here), we can see that they rapidly decrease across the period initially. Looking at the second period, The graph is pretty steep ...
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Acid-base chemistry - determining stability [closed]

I am learning about acid-base reactions and how to identify whether an acid is strong or not by looking at the conjugate base. The more stable a conjugate base the stronger the acid. However, two of ...
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Regular decrease in the atomic radius of 3d series

While comparing atomic radius, two factors are important: A. Decrease in size due to increase in effective nuclear charge B. Increase in size due to increase in shielding effect I was surprised to ...
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Atomic number $Z$

If electrons were spin-$\frac {3}{2}$ instead of spin-$\frac {1}{2}$ , what would be the atomic number $Z$ for the first noble gas ?
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How to list elements according to their radius? For example Ag, Cd, Au Can you check the accuracy of these sentences I've created?

I've asked a similar question before, but now I want to find out the real rule. Pleas tell me if my interpretation is correct: Cd, Ag , Au (increasing ray order). This happens because although we know ...