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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Atomic radius definition disproved - Bohr's model to Schroedinger's wave equation

According to the Schrödinger wave equation, Bohr's model of atomic orbitals is disproved and a new formalism that describes atomic orbitals is introduced. It follows that the definition of ...
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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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### Co vs Rh atomic radius

Why is the empirical atomic radius for both Co and Rh 135 pm, the same? Source
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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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### Range of distance for Van der Waals force

Is there any range of distance between the nuclei of the atoms (in Angstrom, say between 4 to 12 Angstrom) within which there will be an occurrence of Van der Waals force (attraction) between them? ...
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### The ionic radius of aluminium(III) vs. the covalent radius of neon?

I was wondering if it is a valid comparison to look at the ionic radius (noble-gas-like configuration) of a metal and the covalent radius of a noble gas. Specifically, $\ce{Al^{3+}}$ and $\ce{Ne}$. ...
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### Comparing radii in lithium, beryllium, magnesium, aluminium and sodium ions

Apparently the of last four, $\ce{Mg^2+}$ is closest in radius to $\ce{Li+}$. Is this true, and if so, why would a whole larger shell ($\ce{Mg^2+}$) be closer in radius to $\ce{Li+}$ than its ...
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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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### Calculate the radius of an Ag atom

The question I have been given is: Silver atoms in a metallic lattice only fill up $88\,\%$ of the space ($12\,\%$ is empty). The density of silver is $10.5\ \mathrm{g\cdot cm^{-3}}$. Assuming that ...
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### Ionization energy and Electron Affnity

Which of the following statements correctly interprets the relationship between ionization energy, atomic radius Electron affinity when comparing two atoms. The correct choice as per my instructor ...
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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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### How do I find the diameter of an aluminum atom from its density and atomic mass? [closed]

I am supposed to find the diameter of an aluminum atom using data given by my teacher. Here is the data: \begin{array}{cc} \text{Density of Aluminum}& \pu{2.70 g/cm3}\\ \text{Atomic Mass of ...
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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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### 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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### How would I find an apporpriate dopant element for a lattice

I am trying to figure how would I go about finding a dopant element that would fit in a copper lattice? I already have the data for the atomic dimensions and structure (available below), however how ...
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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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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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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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### What radius best represents reaction distance?

Molecules must be within a certain distance for a reaction to begin as well as satisfying a myriad of other factors. Whilst the exact distance varies from reaction to reaction, is their any distance/...
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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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### 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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### Why does Mg2+ have the ionic radii bigger than Ca2+

If they were atoms, $\ce{Mg}$ should have a smaller radii. How does this change?