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Periodic law

When elements are arranged in order of increasing mass, certain properties recur periodically


Electron configuration

Shorthand for showing particular orbitals that electrons occupy for that atom

e.g. 1s1 for Hydrogen


Pauli exclusion principle

No two electrons in an atom can have the same four quantum numbers

Each orbital can have a max of 2 electrons, with opposing spins



Having the same energy


Coulomb's law

Like charges:
Potential energy is positive
Decreases as particles are farther apart
Repel each other

Opposite charges:
Potential energy is negative
Becomes more negative as particles are closer
Opposites attract

Magnitude of interaction increases as charges of particles increase
i.e. 1- and 2+ are more strongly attracted than 1- and 1+



Screening or repulsion of one electron by other electrons


Effective nuclear charge

Zeff = Z - S
= actual nuclear charge (atomic #) - charge screened (by core electrons)

Increases as you go right on periodic table
(Which is why radius gets smaller to the right)



When an outer electron penetrates into lower energy region, it experiences a greater nuclear charge, and thus a lower energy


Orbital diagram

A diagram that represents the orbitals occupied by electrons in a given atom

Boxes for arrows of electrons, with orbital name under each box

e.g. 1s with a box above


Aufbau principle

Lower energy orbitals fill before higher energy orbitals to minimize the energy of the atom


Hund's rule

Electrons first occuply orbitals of equal energy singly with parallel spins


Transition elements with irregular electron configurations (10)

1. Cr (Chromium) 24
2. Cu (Copper) 29
3. Nb (Niobium) 41
4. Mo (Molybdenur) 42
5. Ru (Rutherium) 44
6. Rh (Rhodium) 45
7. Pd (Palladium) 46
8. Ag (Silver) 47
9. Pt (Platinum) 78
10. Au (Gold) 79



Electron configurations with unpaired electrons

Have a net magnetic field

Attracted to a magnetic field



All electrons are paired in electron configuration

No magnetic field of its own

Slightly repelled by a magnetic field



Elements that have the same number of electrons & same ground-state electron configuration


Van der Waals radius

Nonbonding radius of an atom


Covalent radius

Radius of an atom when it's bonded


Atomic radius

Average radius of a bonded atom based on measuring large numbers of elements and compounds


Periodic trends in atomic radius for transition metals

Remains roughly constant across the d block


Ionic radius

Cation is smaller than parent atom (e.g. Li+ v. Li)

Anion is always larger than parent atom (e.g. Cl- v. Cl)


Cation v. anion radius size

Cations < anions

Except Rb+ and Cs+ are larger than F- and O2-


Ionic radii of isoelectronic species

Larger positive = smaller cation

Larger negative = larger anion


Ionization energy

IE1 + X (g) → X+ (g) + e-

The minimum energy required to remove an electron from a gaseous atom or ion

IE1 < IE2 < IE3

(Each subsequent electron removal requires more energy, due to increasing positive charge of atom)

(Large increase in IE when core electrons are removed)


Periodic trends in first ionization energy

The larger the Zeff, the more energy it takes to remove it.
*IE1 increases to the right
**Except: Group 2A to 3A & Group 5A to 6A

The farther the electron is from the nucleus, the less energy it takes to remove it
*IE1 decreases toward the bottom


Electron affinity

X (g) + e- → X- (g) + EA

The energy released (-kJ/mol) when a neutral gaseous atom gains an electron

The more energy released when electron is gained, the more negative the EA (-kJ/mol)



Periodic trends in electron affinity (6)

1. EA becomes less negative going down Group 1A
2. 3rd Period becomes more negative from 2nd Period
3. EA becomes more negative going right
4. Group 5A has less negative EA than expected (extra electron pairs up)
5. Groups 2A/8A have less negative EA (extra electron goes into new level/sublevel)
6. Group 7A has most negative EA


Periodic trends in metallic character

Metallic character increases going left and down


Periodic trends in Group 1A (alkali metals) (7)

1. IE increases up the group (as with most groups)
2. Generally low IEs (want to lose electron)
3. EA becomes more negative down the group
4. Melting point increases up the group (unusual)
5. Generally low melting points
6. Density increases down the group (except K)
7. Reactivity increases down the group


Periodic trends in Group 7A (halogens) (4)

1. IE increases up the group (as with most groups)
2. EAs are high (want to gain electrons)
3. React with H to form binary acids
4. Mass increases more than volume


Periodic trends in Group 8A (noble gases) (3)

1. IE increases up the group (as with most groups)
2. IEs are high (don't want to lose electrons)
3. Only Kr & Xe form compounds, usually with F