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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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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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Why does attractive forces of nucleus increase more than shielding across groups?

When you study the electronegativity of the elements, the general trend is that it rises with increasing group number, and decreasing period. Supposedly this is because the attractive forces of the ...
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Why doesn't D block contraction affect the other P block groups 14 15 16 etc

Usually we come across anomalies in the trends of periodic properties for example the size [Atomic radius value from Raymond Chang Chemistry 9th Edition] of Gallium (135 pm) is smaller than Aluminium (...
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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 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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Why is the size of Al3+ less than that of Li+?

Why is it so that the size of $\ce{Al^{3+}}$ is lesser than $\ce{Li+}$? I'm a bit confused about this one as the aluminium(III) ion is composed of 10 electrons and 13 protons, while the lithium ion ...
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Why is the ionization energy of sulfur anion more than that of oxygen anion?

Which of the following are in the correct order of their ionization energies? (multi-answer question) $\ce{O > S > S- >O-}$ $\ce{F > F- > Cl- > Cl}$ $\ce{O > O- &...
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Why does the second electron affinity has an opposite sign of the first one?

Many first electron affinities are positive, indicating a favourable process, but the corresponding second electron affinities are negative. For example, the first and second electron affinities of ...
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Why is the electronegativity of potassium and rubidium same?

The electronegativity of potassium and rubidium is reckoned at 0.82 for both. Why is it same for both of them? Shouldn't it be less for rubidium as compared to potassium owing to the addition of one ...
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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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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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What's the order of oxidising strength of the oxyacids of Chlorine?

What I have been told is that the acidity of the four oxyacids of Chlorine increase in the order $\ce{HOCl} < \ce{HClO2} < \ce{HClO3} < \ce{HClO4}$. I have also been told that the oxidising ...
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Why is the electronegativity of indium greater than that of thallium?

Why is the electronegativity of indium greater than that of thallium? One possibility which I had assumed was the poor shielding effect by the d and f orbitals which leads to an increase in the ...
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Trend in the melting point down the group

We know that the atomic radii increases down the group. So, less energy is required to pull out the outermost electron as we go down the group, hence, gradually melting point decreases down the group....
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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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Where hydrogen belongs in the Periodic Table

Why do some people say that hydrogen should be above lithium in the periodic table and others argue it should be above fluorine?
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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 ground-state configuration is consistent (“additive”) from one element to the next?

Ground-state configuration ("electron shells") is consistent throughout the periodic table, for example: (source) Why is it this way if the Hamiltonian of each atom is different? In other words, why ...
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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 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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What is the joke that is shown in this picture?

There is supposedly a joke shown in this picture relating to periodic trends. Does anyone know what it is? And could they also explain where the elements on the eye exam came from?
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Boiling point trend in group 13

My Theory: Since atomic mass increases down the group, the van der Waal's forces should also operate to a greater extent, thereby making it difficult to change the phase of the substance. Hence, ...
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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 periodic table periodic?

I am not a chemist, but I am interested in Science in a general sense. Can anybody explain why the periodic table is periodic in nature? I would appreciate links for further reading.
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Why is fluorine more reactive than iodine despite the weaker I-I bond?

The atomic radius of halogens increases as we go down the group due to the addition of new shells. As a result, the bond length of halogen $\ce{X-X}$ increases down the group. So, less energy is ...
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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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What type of bonding occurs in isolated silicon?

Would isolated silicon engage in network covalent bonding as quartz does or would it engage in a different kind of bonding? Would germanium display similar qualities? I am asking what is the bonding ...
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Effect of effective nuclear charge increase on the stabilization of 2s and 2p orbitals

Are 2s or 2p orbitals more stabilized when going from left to right in the period? There are good arguments for both possible answers: 1) 2p orbitals are more stabilized because they penetrate less ...
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Are there any trends for electrical conductivity?

Which element has the greatest electrical conductivity? (A) $\ce{As}$ (B) $\ce{Ge}$ (C) $\ce{P}$ (D) $\ce{Sn}$ I am unsure of how to approach this problem. Is there some sort of trend for ...
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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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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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Deviation of Ytterbium from general trend

What is the reason for deviation of ytterbium from the general trend of lanthanides in terms of hardness, melting point, density etc.?
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Relation Between Degree of Hydration and Electropositivity

Why are salts of strongly electropositive elements less heavily hydrated in aqueous solution than the those of less electropositive elements? Shouldn't it be the other way round as the salts of ...
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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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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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How to compare the oxidizing power of perhalate ions

In my book the oxidizing power in descending order of the following is given as: $\ce{BrO4-} > \ce{IO4-} > \ce{ClO4-}$ My doubt is regarding their order of oxidizing tendency. I thought that ...
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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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How to rationalise the trend in the covalent radii of the transition metals?

Why do the covalent radii of transition series decrease at the start rapidly, then become almost constant and at the end of series begin to increase from left to right in periodic table?
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Why does electronegativity increase across a period?

What explains why electronegativity increases as you move across a period? Does it have something to do with the shielding effect of added electrons?
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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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Which has more metallic character: aluminium or magnesium?

Which element has more metallic character - aluminium or magnesium? I know that metallic character decreases along a period (from left to right) and increases down a group. Aluminium comes after ...
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Why ionic radii of Cu2+ is less than Zn2+?

Fully filled orbital has more effective nuclear charge than incompletely filled orbital. So atomic or ionic radii of elements or ions having fully filled orbitals should be less than that of elements ...
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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 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 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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Reason for decreased boiling point of hexafluoroisoproponal?

Ethanol and isopropyl alcohol have boiling points 78.37 °C and 82.6 °C respectively. The increase in the boiling point is obvious due to increase in carbon chain length which resulted in increase in ...
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Why do the boiling and melting points decrease as you go down group 1 and vice versa for group 7?

I used to think that because an alkali metal needs to lose one electron to complete its outer shell, when the atom increases in size (atomic radius), the electron would be easier to lose as the ...
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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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Why do heavier transition metals show higher oxidation states?

In p-block elements, higher oxidation states are less stable down the group due to the inert pair effect. This is not the case for transition metals. Why do heavier transition metals show higher ...
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Anomalous trends in ionization energy

I want to address two exceptions in the trend of ionization energy across the period, that are causing me problems: Taking the second period as an example : The two exceptions from the general trend ...