Questions tagged [periodic-table]

This tag should be applied to questions about the layout, history and interpretation of the periodic table, not to questions relating to specific elements or trends within the table. For these, the tags 'elements' or 'periodic-trends' should be used where appropriate.

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Why does Calcium have a higher ionization energy than Aluminium?

Given their places on the periodic table I'd assume Aluminium has a higher ionization energy, because it has fewer energy levels, and is on a "righter" row on the periodic table, but in reality it is ...
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Effective nuclear charge and Ionization energy

A common reason given on why 3rd ionization energy > 2nd > 1st is because of increasing effective nuclear charge. As per my book $Z_\mathrm{eff}$ = Atomic number $-$ Number of inner electrons. Now ...
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The boiling points of Alkali metal group

As I know, the melting points of Alkali metals decrease down to the group due to decreasing of the energy of the metallic bond. But according to my understanding, after it has become to liquid the ...
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How would one determine an element simply by looking at its binding energy?

I am self studying MIT OCW chemistry 5.111 2014, one of the lecture questions states the following: Consider a neutral atom with 8 distinct electron binding energies: −14 eV, −28 eV, −94 eV, −218 ...
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Electrons and Atomic Mass

Is the mass of electrons covered when talking about atomic mass. For example, the mass of Carbon is $12.011\space\text{amu}$. If this is including the mass of electrons (assuming the atom is neutral) ...
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Energy loss or gain

When Na forms Na+ it gains energy. On forming Na+ it has electronic configuration of neon which is an inert gas. Inert gases have least energy as compared to the other elements. So having inert gas ...
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Comparison between van der Waals radius and metallic radius

I was reading about different types of atomic radius. It was written that if any atom can possess all the three types of radius, then van der Waals radius will be greater than metallic radius. However ...
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Is aluminium a metal or metalloid?

Aluminium is along the dark line of the Periodic Table and it is $p$-block metal. Is it metal or a metalloid? Why?
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What is so special about Beryllium (Be) and Magnesium (Mg)? [closed]

I am asking this because after studying periodic properties and trends of elements I have come to an understanding that these two elements ($\ce{Be \& Mg}$) are many of the time exception to the ...
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Why group 13 elements don't show +2 as their major oxidation state?

These are the things I understand: 1) Group-13 elements show +1 and +3 as their major oxidation states(OS). 2) The general configuration of G-13 elements is $ns^2$ $np^1$. 3) In the ...
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What trend exists in the enthalpy change of reaction of group 2 carbonates with HCl

I am currently investigating the trends in enthalpy change of the reaction of group 2 carbonates with HCl. As per ion polarization theory there should be an upward trend in stability and thus a ...
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Two different electronic configurations for cerium

Depending on the textbook there are two different electronic configurations stated for cerium. On the one hand $$[\ce{Xe}]\mathrm{4f^15d^16s^2}\quad$$ and on the other hand $$[\ce{Xe}]\mathrm{4f^...
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Why does period 3 of the periodic table contain 8 elements instead of 18?

Period 1 of the periodic table contains 2 elements ($1s^1$ and $1s^2$). Period 2 contains 8 elements ($2s^1$, $2s^2$, $2p^1$, $2p^3$, ..., $2p^6$). By the same argument, period 3 might contain 18 ...
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Why is atomic number unique? [closed]

We all know that atomic number of an atom is "unique" just like fingerprint. And no two elements can have same atomic number. But how can we be So sure that no two elements can have same atomic number?...
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How to quickly predict the group of elements with atomic numbers 117 and 120? [closed]

The elements Z (atomic number) = 117 and 120 have not yet been discovered. In which group would you place these elements? I tried to write their electronic configurations but it was too tedious and I ...
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Why is the product of the reaction “Bi + O2” Bi2O3 instead of Bi2O5?

I am stuck on a homework question that states: A piece of solid bismuth is heated strongly in oxygen. The answer key states the answer as $\ce{Bi + O2 → Bi2O3}$. However, it is to my understanding ...
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The reaction of Group 14 to get its full shell

I was learning about group 14 of the periodic table and in the course, on Alison (link at the bottom), it said a reaction of the elements in group 14, they use group 4, would consist of sharing ...
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Why is Thorium (At. no. 90) an f-block element at all?

Being an exception of the Aufbau principle, Thorium has an electronic configuration of $\ce{[Rn]}\mathrm{7s^25f^06d^2}$ instead of the expected $\ce{[Rn]}\mathrm{7s^2 5f^2 6d^0}$. Two other elements, ...
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Why is the valency of the Calcium (Ca) Bohr model, set to 2 electrons, instead of 1 electron for stability? [duplicate]

This is an Ascii table for the elements on the 4th period (row) of the periodic table, and distribution of electrons in each orbit. ...
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Why is the Ionization Energy of Germanium less than that of Silicon?

I've read that in the 13th period, Ga has higher I.E. than Al because of the filling of the d-orbitals in Ga. The text said they have low penetration,hence they don't shield well and the effective ...
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n+l rule for first member of lanthanide and actinide series

as we all know that if the value of $n+l$ is same then the orbital with lower value of $n$ will get filled first so in case of first member of lanthanide series the configuration is $(\ce{Xe})\mathrm{...
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Predicting atomic weight and density of calcium [closed]

I have a question from school: Assuming that the element Ca had not been discovered, predict using the properties of the known element surrounding Ca its own properties such as its atomic weight ...
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Memorizing the periodic table

Several people have said that the key to understanding chemistry is through memorizing the periodic table. I want to ask if there is a simple technique to learn it, or if I just have to remember ...
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Calling Diamond an element?

Is it scientifically correct to call Diamond an element? Carbon has a wide range of allotropes, so would it be correct to actually just call graphite, diamond etc an element. For that matter, could we ...
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Comparing the EA [duplicate]

What is the electron affinity trend for the oxygen family? I am interested in the question above. I am aware that EA of O $>$ EA of S, but what about the others? Which is having more EA: O or Se? ...
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What is the electronic configuration of La⁺? [closed]

Second IP of La is most likely to second IP of which element: (1) Be (2) Ba (3) Ca (4) Zn The given answer is calcium. I don't understand if the 6s electron or the 5d electron leaves on ...
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Effective nuclear charge of oxygen atom (O) vs oxygen anion (O2-)

The size of an anion is greater compared to its parent atom because former's effective nuclear charge is lesser than that of latter. I found on wikipedia that the effective nuclear charge can be ...
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Why does radium have a higher first ionisation energy than barium?

I'm wondering why radium appears to buck the general trend that first ionisation energies decrease as you move down a group in the periodic table: barium (the group 2 element preceding it) has a first ...
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why lithium is less reactive than sodium? [duplicate]

Lithium lies above sodium in a group and is also smaller in size. According to periodic trend reactivity decreases from left to right in period and down the group.
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Definition of early vs. late transition metal

Is there an accepted definition of an early or late transition metal? I think the late transition metals start at Group 8 (including Fe), but others have said Fe is not a late transition metal. I'm ...
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How will the periodic table change due to redefinition of the kilogram (May 2019)?

The definition of a kilogram has recently been changed. What effect, if any, will this change have on data on the periodic table?
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Why are elements on the right side of the periodic table nonmetallic and gas at room temperature?

Elements on the left side of the periodic table tend to be solid and metallic, elements on the right side of the periodic table are nonmetal and tend to be gases at room temperature, and the semi-...
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Memorizing polyatomic ions? Using Periodic Table

In my Chemistry course, we must memorize a list of common polyatomic ions. Is their an easy way of memorizing ions such as Sulfate $\ce{SO4^2-}$ by looking at just the periodic table. I listed the ...
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Difference in Periodic Tables in Block Formation (split in d-block) [duplicate]

I had a question. When I was learning Chemistry and blocks in the periodic table, my professors always broke the table down like the image below Recently, when I looked up the periodic table (in ...
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To which block of the periodic table does helium belong?

According to quite a few books I have read, helium belongs to the p-block with reasoning along the lines of "it's an inert gas, so let's clump it together with other noble gases which are in the p-...
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What is the true depiction of the periodic table?

Normally with the periodic table the lanthanide series is separated out because it's long and would make the table wide. I looked for an expanded version and found this: I found it kind of strange ...
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Confused by notation of atomic number Z and mass number A on periodic table of elements

I'm totally confused by the different conventions and when to use what. In the Periodic Table I see $$\ce{^{6}_{12}C}$$ However, in books when talking about isotopes I see $$\ce{^{12}_{6}C}$$ I ...
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Why is lanthanum a lanthanide and actinium an actinide?

I do know that the lanthanides start with the element lanthanum, but why? Lanthanum doesn't even have an $f$ orbital, so why isn't it considered a transition metal? It's the same way with actinium, ...
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How can an electron shield another electron of the same subshell?

While I was preparing for my upcoming exams, I stumbled upon this sentence which is bothering me quite a bit: The contraction of the lanthanoids is due to the imperfect shielding of one electron by ...
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Change in electronegativity order down a group from groups 13-16 to group 17

In general, going down a group Zeff initially increases but then becomes approximately constant, while electrons are in higher n orbitals, hence valence electrons on average further from nucleus, ...
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Comparison between Boron Nitride and Graphite: Interlayer distance

Boron-nitrogen chemistry has attracted significant attention, partly because a B–N unit is isoelectronic with C–C. Furthermore, the radius of carbon and its electronegativity are roughly the average ...
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Exception in trend of increasing ionisation energy across a period

One exception to the trend of increasing ionisation energy across a period in e.g. period 2 is going from N to O. There is no loss of exchange energy in I1 of O, but there is 2K lost in I1 of N, hence ...
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Mendeleev periodic table [closed]

Mendeleev accurately predicted the properties of gallium(eka aluminium). In his justification of properties he says(according to image given) the melting point of the element would be low. What could ...
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Why do the d suborbitals start at 3d instead of 4d?

Why do the suborbitals for d start at 3 instead of four? It is in the fourth row on the periodic table and all other suborbitals start according to the row on which they are located except for d. Why ...
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What organizational methods pre-date the Periodic Table?

Dmitri Mendeleev noticed patterns in elements which allowed him to design the periodic table which ultimately led to the modern periodic table. How were elements organized before this? Was there any ...
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Relation of Boiling Point and Melting Point with the reactivity of an element

When we look at the trends of periodic table, there is an interesting correlation to be noticed. Along a period, when we look at the trends in reactivity of an element( Both due to electropositivity ...
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Why ionisation enthalpy of early lanthanides are expected to be greater than early actinides?

In my book Chemistry Part I (NCERT XII), a statement on p. 232 goes like this: It is evident from the behaviour of the actinoids that the ionisation enthalpies of the early actinoids, though not ...
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Mendeleev's predictions

While studying about Mendeleev's periodic table in my textbook( class 11 NCERT chemistry), I have studied that Mendeleev has predicted some elements like Eka-boron(scandium), Eka-Aluminium(Gallium),...
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Which has a higher lattice energy CaO or NaCl? [closed]

I know that as charge increase the lattice energy increases as well. However when the size increases, the lattice energy decreases. Can you please explain this to me? I think it is CaO but i'm not ...
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Comparing ionic character of group 1 elements

According to Fajan's rule ionic character should increase down the group as the size of cation increase. So it must be $$\ce{LiH < NaH < KH < RbH < CsH}$$ However, the following two ...