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Problem: Which electrons experience a greater effective nuclear charge, the valence electrons in beryllium, or the valence electrons in nitrogen?

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When we look at a particular electron within an atom, it experiences two major forces

An attractive force from the nucleus and a repulsive force from the surrounding electrons.

Now the electron can become shielded from the full force of the nucleus because of the other surrounding electrons. 

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Which electrons experience a greater effective nuclear charge, the valence electrons in beryllium, or the valence electrons in nitrogen?

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