Electron Affinity

  • Thread starter jimmy p
  • Start date
  • #1
jimmy p
Gold Member
358
32

Main Question or Discussion Point

Just a quickie, why does Chlorine have a higher electron affinity than fluorine, when fluorine is the most electronegative element in the periodic table??

I asked my chem tutor but she didnt really explain much.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
GCT
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
1,728
0
It's due to the smaller radius of flourine. Without going into too much detail, the smaller radius makes it a bit more difficult for approaching electron to be attracted to the nucleus since it is already crowded. Hope this helps.
 
  • #3
jimmy p
Gold Member
358
32
but surely such a high electronegativity it wouldnt matter if they didnt get close as long as they attracted.

OK im intrigued, what is "more detail" please? im really getting into chemistry even if it doesnt excite me so I would like to know so i can impress the tutor.
 

Related Threads on Electron Affinity

  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
8K
  • Last Post
Replies
7
Views
2K
Replies
1
Views
597
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
Replies
5
Views
8K
Replies
3
Views
648
Replies
3
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
891
Top