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Ionization energy/Reactivity.

  1. Jan 7, 2013 #1
    I read this here:


    The higher the ionization energy, the more difficult it is to remove an electron. Therefore, ionization energy is in indicator of reactivity.

    So my question is:

    How does this explain the high reactivity of the halogens?

    - I understand that they will remove electrons from other elements to achieve a noble gas configuration, but that statement above seems to disagree with how the akali metals can have a low ionization energy and be very reactive and the halogens have a very high ionization energy and be very reactive.

    Please explain.

    Thank you,
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  3. Jan 8, 2013 #2


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    Yes, the wording seems to be slightly misleading. Low ionization energy suggests high reactivity, no doubt about it, but high ionization energy not necessarily means non-reactive. Although in most cases it does, as there are many more metals than non-metals in periodic table.
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