Questions tagged [periodic-trends]

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

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In the periodic table, why doesn't the 2nd row have exactly 2 elements?

Row 1: 2 elements Row 2: 8 elements Row 3: 8 elements Row 4: 18 elements Row 5: 18 elements Row 6: 32 elements Row 7: 32 elements In other words: 2, 8, 8, 18, 18, 32, 32 Why does the first row ...
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On the periodic table: Why are groups of elements organized by 'letter' [duplicate]

Why are the groups of elements on the periodic table organized into areas represented by the letters s,p,d,f,g, and h? What does this mean?
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Why do alkyl bromides and iodides develop colour when exposed to light?

My book says alkyl halides are colourless when pure. However, bromides and iodides develop colour when exposed to light. Why do they develop colour when exposed to light? It is important to note that ...
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What are the ideal pair of (everyday) elements to pair in a thermocouple

I want to create a thermocouple (to carry out experiments on thermoelectricity). I want to use the pair of everyday* elements (e.g $\ce{CuO}$ and $\ce{Al}$ wires) to create the thermocouple. The ...
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Why is the bond angle H-P-H smaller than H-N-H?

$\ce{N}$ & $\ce{P}$ are in the same group. Both $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{PH3}$ have one lone pair and according to VSEPR theory, both the central atoms are predicted to be $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridized. But ...
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Trends in Slater's constant

I am aware of the various Slater rules to calculate the effective nuclear charge, $Z_\mathrm{eff}$ However, how can I decide the order in which the orbitals 2s, 3s, 3d, 3p, 4d, and 4f stand when ...
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Relative orbital energies of Mn and Ni

In this MO diagram, why are the atomic Mn $3d$ orbitals higher in energy than the Ni $3d$ orbitals?
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Deviation in bond angles (from standard $109°28'$ ) in hydrides of group 15 [duplicate]

Here are the approximate bond angles for first three members of group15. $\ce{NH3}$: $107°$ $\ce{PH3}$: $94°$ $\ce{AsH3}$: $92°$ As we move down the group the bond angles approach towards $90°$. ...
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Last electron of a transition element

The electronic configuration of nickel is Ni: [Ar] $3d^84s^2$ Here, while writing the configuration, we fill the 3d after 4s.Hence the 28th electron enters the d orbital. But $\ce{Ni+}$: [Ar] $...
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What proof is there that the “Island of Stability” exists?

Often I see people talking about an "Island of Stability" existing for super-heavy elements on the periodic table, but I don't see any reason to thinks this exists? Surely the heavier you go the more ...
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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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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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Periodic trends on half cell potentials

In a practice examination that I'm using to study for my upcoming midterm, one of the questions asks to choose three elements from a row of the periodic table and to give the order of the increasing ...
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Good collection of images showing periodicity of the Table?

Mendeleev's recognition of the periodicity of atomic trends was a milestone of human understanding, the detection of a pattern in what had appeared to be chaotic data. I think the significance and ...
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Why don't elements having the same valency as Carbon bond so readily?

I haven't been in touch with Chemistry as a subject of study for several years now. Still- if I remember correctly, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb all have same number of electrons as Carbon in their outer orbits. ...
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Why the ionization energy of Au is more than that of Cu?

As we go down the group from 3d to 5 d, size increases. Vanderwaal radius of Cu and Au is 140pm and 166pm respectively. Since Cu is smaller in size, ionization energy of Cu must be greater. Then ...
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Comparing electronegativities of aluminium and gallium

If I were to compare the electronegativities of Al and Ga, shouldn't I be saying that the electronegativity of elements (in general) decreases down the group, I say this by thinking of the position of ...
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Bond Energy in P-O , S-O , Cl-O

My text says that Bond energy between P-O , S-O , Cl-O follows the trend P-O < S-O < Cl-O. But I think it should be a reverse of what's given because more the electronegativity difference ...
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Why color of alkali metal peroxides, superoxides and ozonides deepens down the group?

This is basically a continuation of the question-"Why is potassium monoxide (K2O) coloured?" I knew that color of alkali metal oxides deepens down the group: Lithium oxide ($\ce{Li2O}$) is the ...
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Why is BCl3 a monomer whereas AlCl3 exists as a dimer?

What makes dimerization possible in $\ce{AlCl3}$? Are there 3c-2e bonds in $\ce{Al2Cl6}$ as there are in $\ce{B2H6}$?
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Reducing character of group 15 hydrides

It was given in my text book that reducing character of group 15 hydrides increases down the group. I am a bit confused about this. For $\ce{NH3}$ this is fine as I assume that: $$\ce{NH3 -> N + H^...
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Why does oxygen in OH have an oxidation state of 2-?

I am watching videos on Khan Academy in order to go over redox reactions (a really weak area for me.) In Sal's video, "Oxidation state trends in periodic table" at 7:10, he says: If you had to ...
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Why several of isomers of octane such as 2,3-dimethylhexane and 2,4-dimethylhexane doesn't have a value for melting point from any databases?

This is a very rough data (as shown below) I have collected from CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 93rd edition in black and ChemSpider in blue. As you can see, I am not quite done, but I was ...
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What is charge density?

For example, Magnesium has a higher charge density compared to Sodium, therefore its metallic lattice is stronger and it has a higher melting point. Does that mean that Magnesium has more protons and ...
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Is using melting/boiling point good to measure volatility?

I wanted to figure out a way to compare volatility in organic compounds, so I read on many forums on the differing ways to measure volatility, which included enthalpy of vaporization and melting/...
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Random order of melting points of group 2 elements

Compare the melting points of $\ce{BeF2, MgF2, CaF2, SrF2, BaF2}$. Actual order is $\ce{ BeF2 > CaF2 > SrF2 > BaF2 > MgF2}$. I have worked out the following things while comparing ...
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Oxidation state of Halogens

So the question is which is the most common oxidation state of halogens and I have to justify my answer. Is my following thought correct? Do I have to add something? The most common oxidation state ...
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Boiling Point trend

Why does group 13 and 14 show reverse the trend of boiling point? In other groups, boiling point increases down the group but here it decreases.
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Why is osmium the densest known element?

Why is osmium so dense despite there being heavier elements after it in the periodic table?
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Are there any major exceptions when comparing electron affinity?

I was tasked with figuring out whether carbon or nitrogen has a more negative electron affinity value. I initially picked nitrogen, just because nitrogen has a higher $Z_\mathrm{eff}$, creating a ...
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Pattern to determine the maximum ionic charge for transition elements?

According to my textbook, main group elements follow a simple pattern when determining their maximum ionic charge. The maximum cationic charge is always equivalent to their main group number (group ...
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Increasing Covalent character increases Colour intensity

I observed some trends as follows:- $\ce{PbCl2}$ white and $\ce{PbI2}$ yellow $\ce{SnCl2}$ white, $\ce{SnCl4}$ red and $\ce{SnI4}$ black $\ce{AgCl}$ white, $\ce{AgI}$, $\ce{AgBr}$ and $\ce{Ag2CO3}$ ...
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Is there a function to approximate atomic mass from the atomic number?

The product of $2Z$ generally approximates the value of $m_\mathrm{a}$ of atoms that comprise relatively few protons. Whereas, the product of $2.5Z$ generally approximates the value of $m_\mathrm{a}$ ...
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Why is the first ionisation energy of a sodium cation bigger than that of a neon atom?

I understand that the 1st ionization energy gets bigger for elements along a period from left to right and along a group from down to up. But why is the 1st ionization energy of $\ce{Na+}$ bigger ...
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Finding electron configuration by following the Aufbau principle

In the question, "Electron Configuration of Tellurium", there is mention of the 'follow yellow brick road' method of finding electron configuration. What I'd learned in the past was to find the ...
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Trend of second Electron Affinity for N,O,F,P,S,Cl

I am aware of the definition of electron affinity and electron gain enthalpy (EGE). N has positive EGE1, and EA of P,S,Cl is more than N,O,F respectively. I want to arrange them in order of their EA2 ...
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Which hydrogen halides react with group 14 oxides?

$$\ce{6HF +SiO2->H2SiF6 +2H2O}$$ $\ce{HF}$ reacts with $\ce{SiO2}$ to form $\ce{H2SiF6}$. Do other hydrogen halides like $\ce{HCl}$ and $\ce{HBr}$ react with group 14 oxides in the same way?
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Why is the melting point of hydrogen iodide larger than that of hydrogen fluoride?

Compare the melting points of hydrogen fluoride (HF) and hydrogen iodide (HI). I know the following things: $\ce{HF}$ melts at $189.6~\mathrm{K}$ and $\ce{HI}$ at $222.35~\mathrm{K}$. There are a ...
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Why magnesium has the lowest melting and boiling point in its group? [duplicate]

It is written in the third point ( shown in the picture) that presence of d orbitals results in stronger metallic bond. 1) We check the strength of metallic bonding to compare the melting and boiling ...
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On a periodic table it shows that Zn and Cd and Hg all have 0 electron affinity. Why is that?

Question On a periodic table it shows that Zn and Cd and Hg all have 0 electron affinity. Why is that? What I've noticed I've noticed that these three elements are the end of the D orbital and they ...
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Why are alkali salts so soluble?

There's a certain solubility rule stating all carbonates, phosphates and hydroxides are insoluble unless mixed with hydroxides or alkali metals. Why is this? What makes the alkali metals so special?
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How to determine the valence electrons of D-block elements in their mono atomic form?

For s and p block we can determine the valence electrons easily,but what about d-block elements. How to determine their valence electrons?
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Which is the most reactive element in the periodic table? [duplicate]

Which is the most reactive element in the periodic table? Is it francium, caesium, lithium or fluorine?
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Why is caesium considered the most reactive element and not fluorine? [closed]

Some people say caesium is most reactive element. I thought it to be fluorine as it is the element that reacts with almost all elements (except couple of inert gases). But caesium won't react many of ...
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Why does sulfur exist as octasulfur? [duplicate]

Sulfur belongs to the same group as oxygen. Then why oxygen exists as an $\ce{O2}$ molecule while sulfur exists as $\ce{S8}$ molecule? What's the chemistry behind this?
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Melting Point Trend For Non Metals?

I noticed that the melting point for non metals decreases across a period (i.e. melting point of nitrogen is higher than oxygen, oxygen's is higher than fluorine, so on). It is significantly more ...
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Why is Mo(VI) more stable than Cr (VI)?

Acids of $\ce{Mo}^\mathrm{VI}$ are more stable than those of $\ce{Cr}^\mathrm{VI}$ in terms of redox reactivity. In p-block elements, as we go down the groups, the stability of lower oxidation state ...
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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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Why does ionization energy increase as we go from left to right in a period?

Why does ionization energy increase as we go from left to right in a period? In my textbook, the explanation is as follows: "This is consistent with the idea that electrons added in the same ...
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Shielding effect- specifically defined?

In all the sites I have searched, shielding effect has been defined as the reduction of the nuclear attraction upon the outer electron/electrons, due to the core electrons that repulse the outer ...

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