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Trends which are observed in the properties of elements as you move along the periodic table in a given direction.

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Why is the boiling point of heavy water more than that of normal water?

In class we learnt that the London forces become stronger as the relative molecular mass increases. Not just as in organic chemistry but in things like the halogens. However, as I understand, the ...
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Covalent atomic radii: oxygen vs nitrogen

Many books state that $R_\ce{N} > R_\ce{O}$ which is in accordance with the general trend. However, some books say that $R_\ce{O} > R_\ce{N}$ because of repulsion caused by pairing of electrons. ...
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Why do the melting points of Group 15 elements increase upto Arsenic but then decrease upto Bismuth?

The boiling points of group 15 elements increase on going down the group (or, as size increases) but the same is not true for the melting points. The melting points increase from $\ce{N}$ to $\ce{As}$ ...
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Why is lithium the most reducing alkali metal, and not caesium?

Caesium has a larger size, and the effective nuclear charge that the valence electron experiences will be far less compared to that of lithium's, right? But lithium is still considered the strongest ...
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Trend in reducing property of dioxides

I am not sure of the explanation for the following statement: The reducing property of dioxides of group 16 elements decreases from $\ce{SO2}$ to $\ce{TeO2}$. Is the statement valid? If yes, how ...
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Why does hydrogen have a lower ionization energy than fluorine?

I found here that the ionization energy of hydrogen is $\pu{1312kJ/mol}$ and for fluorine, it is $\pu{1681kJ/mol}$. Now clearly, from the data, we can see that hydrogen has a lower ionization energy ...
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Electron affinities of the chalcogens and halogens

Here are the electron affinities of the 16th and 17th groups. The general trend for electron affinity down the group is that it decreases because of the increase in atomic radius.The exception of $\...
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Is there an opposite to shielding effect? [closed]

I recently read about shielding effect and lowering of effective nuclear charge due to penetration of other electrons. I wonder while doing calculations involving Slater's rules the electrons from ...
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Why is platinum denser than gold?

The atomic masses of gold and platinum are 196.96657 u and 195.084 u respectively, meaning that (on average) an individual gold atom is heavier than an individual platinum atom. At the same time, the ...
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why lawrencium is placed in f-block elements although its last electron enters in 6d-subshell?

The electronic configuration of lawrencium ($\ce{Lr}$) is $\mathrm{[Rn] 7s^2 5f^{14} 6d^1}$. As its last electron enters the $\mathrm{6d}$ sub shell, it should be a part of $\mathrm{d}$-block elements,...
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Trend in atomic volume across a period [closed]

"Atomic volume decreases along a period, reaches a minimum at the middle, and then increases for the rest of the period" Why does the atomic volume, along a period, initially decrease, ...
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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 ...
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What is the structure of CF3 radical? [duplicate]

In the class, I was told that $\ce{H3C^.}$ has a trigonal planar structure with the unpaired electron in $\mathrm{2p_z}$ orbital. But $\ce{H3C -}$ has a trigonal pyramidal structure. But why does ...
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Why does solubility of Carbonate salts of Alkali metals in water increase down the group?

Carbonate salts have a very large anion so hydration energy should dominate over lattice energy. Since hydration energy is inversely proportional to radius of ion, I would expect Lithium to release ...
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What is the lattice structure of manganese?

A transition element is defined as the one which has incompletely filled d orbital in its ground state or in any one of its oxidation state. Zinc , cadmium and mercury are not typical transition ...
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Why doesn't core charge increase down a group? [closed]

Atomic radius increases down a group because the electrons feel a lesser attraction to the positive nucleus (due to shielding from inner shells). Why then, doesn't core charge decrease seeing as core ...
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What is the reason for the different solubility of silver halides in ammonia?

According to my knowledge, I know that $\ce{AgCl}$ dissolves in dilute ammonia, $\ce{AgBr}$ dissolves in concentrated ammonia and $\ce{AgI}$ does not dissolve even with concentrated ammonia. What is ...
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Why is the strontium ion smaller than the potassium ion? [closed]

The ionic radius of the $\ce{Sr^2+}$ ion is $\mathrm{132\,pm}$, while the ionic radius of the $\ce{K^+}$ ion is $\mathrm{152\,pm}$. Why is this the case? I would have thought that since $\ce{K^+}$ has ...
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How to tell which species has the highest ionization energy?

I am preparing for my final exam, and I am very confused about ionization energy. An example question would be: Between the species $\ce{Ne, Na+, Mg^2+, Ar, K+, $\&$~Ca^2+}$, which one has the ...
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Why is phosphorus trifluoride the strongest Lewis acid among the phosphorus trihalides?

I had read that for the trihalides of boron, boron trifluoride is the weakest Lewis acid due to backbonding. The order I had seen was - $\ce{BI3 > BBr3 > BCl3 > BF3}\$ $$\ce{}$ $- order of ...
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Scale to be considered for comparing electronegativities of nitrogen and chlorine

The Pauling scale gives the $\chi$ values of $\ce{N}$ and $\ce{Cl}$ to be $3.04$ and $3.16,$ respectively, but the Allen scale gives the $\chi$ values of $\ce{N}$ and $\ce{Cl}$ to be $3.066$ and $2....
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Comparing Electron affinity and electron gain enthalpy at 0 K

In my book it is given that first electron gain enthalpy is greater than second for elements. Should we compare the magnitudes in such cases or the actual numbers with signs? Does the same comparision ...
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why is lithium oxide so different from water [closed]

Take water and replace hydrogens with the next element down in the periodic table, and you get a white solid, nothing like water. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_oxide Lithium itself is very ...
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Why does the electron affinity increase become more exothermic down group 2 and group 5?

It is generally true that the electron affinity becomes less exothermic down a group, because of the increase in atomic radius. There is a well-known exception that the electron affinity of Cl is ...
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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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Why aren't Boron and Aluminium assigned to group 3 of periodic table? What determines the group? [closed]

I've been curious about this 3D representation of the periodic table "Mendeleev's Flower" and was trying to study it, wondering if it reveals any regularities that are not obvious from classic ...
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Confusion between electronegativity and electron affinity

Electronegativity is a chemical property that says how well an atom can attract electrons towards itself. The electron affinity of an atom or molecule is defined as the amount of energy released ...
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Why is the first energy of ionization of oxygen lesser than that of nitrogen? [duplicate]

The following question arises from a question I found in my book. Experimentally it has been determined that the value of the first energy of ionization of oxygen is lesser than the first energy ...
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Reorganization during ionisation for d block elements

This is a quote from my textbook: The irregular trend in the first ionisation enthalpy of 3d lmetals,can be accounted for by considering that the removal of one electron alters the relative ...
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Is strontium more metallic than sodium? If yes then why?

I got an MCQ in my examination, "Which one of the following is more metallic?" and the options were Sr, Na, Be or Aluminium. I know that sodium is more metallic than Be or Al but my mind stuck on ...
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Why Zn has highest ionisation enthalpy in 3d series?

Zn which has the highest ionisation enthalpy in 3d series.The reason given in my textbook is: The value of zinc is higher because it represent ionisation from 4s level. This is not correct because ...
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Shielding effects and atomic size [closed]

The atomic size on going from aluminum to gallium decreases because of poor shielding effect of the $(n-1)d$ electrons, but on going from copper to zinc, the size increases due to the same shielding ...
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Why do the trends in reactivity not apply for francium?

Why is francium not included in the reactivity series? Why is potassium considered more reactive than francium? I know that reactivity increases down the group, but why does it not apply here?
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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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What do you mean by “periodic” in the periodic table? [closed]

Modern periodic law states: “The physical and chemical properties of the elements are periodic functions of their atomic numbers”. But I don't think this is so! (Forgive me for my stupidity. But ...
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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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Electronegativity of heavier elements of Group 15

While reading about p-block I got to know that in Group 15 elements electronegativity value decrease down the group but amongst the heavier elements difference is not that much pronounced. I ...
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Is acidic character related to reducing power?

My book says that the acidic character of halogen acids increases on going down the group because the bond strength decreases, making it easier to release the $\ce{H+}$. But I also know that $\ce{HI}$...
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Second ionization energies of copper(Cu) and silver(Ag)

The ionization energies of copper and silver are First ionization energy: Cu-745.5 kJ/mol Ag-731.0 kJ/mol Second ionization energy: Cu-1958 kJ/mol Ag-2073 kJ/mol Now, looking at the ionization ...
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Melting and boiling points of transition elements

The melting and boiling points of transition elements increases from scandium ($1530~\mathrm{^\circ C}$) to vanadium ($1917~\mathrm{^\circ C}$). They increase because as we go across the group, we ...
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Can you calculate the properties of a substance based solely on its atomic properties?

I'm trying to write some software that I can use to determine, roughly, what the physical properties of a pure substance are. I know I could just use a database of the known properties of each element,...
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Atomization enthalpies of transition elements

So, my book says that transition elements have higher enthalpies of atomization than other elements (say s- or p- block) because of stronger metallic bonding, primarily due to large number of unpaired ...
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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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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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Thermal stability of alkali metal hydrides and carbonates

Why is it that thermal stability of alkali metal hydrides decreases down the group, but for carbonates, it increases? I used Fajan's rule to check for ionic character but somehow this is only ...
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Standard Reduction Potentials and Electropositivity

I was looking through a table of standard reduction potentials and the trend seemed like it correlated with electropositivity. Is it reasonable to qualitatively compare two metals to see which has a ...
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Why does the emission wavelength of sodium appear to be an exception despite the trend for ionisation enthalpies among alkali metals?

The wavelengths for emissions in the visible region for Group 1 elements is as follows: $$ \begin{array}{lc} \hline \text{Element} & λ/\pu{nm} \\ \hline \ce{Li} & 670.8 \\ \ce{Na} & 589.2 ...
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Why is periodicity seen in these certain properties?

I missed my lesson on periodicity so had to teach myself, and have always forgotten to ask my teacher to explain to me why these trends are seen, which, unfortunately, the textbooks don't. Density: ...
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Why does screening effect decrease due to d-orbital?

In 13th group, atomic radius increases from boron to aluminium. From aluminium to gallium, atomic radii decreases. From gallium to indium, atomic radii increases. And from indium to thallium, atomic ...
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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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