Problem: Choose the larger atom or ion from each pair.(a) K or K+(b) F or F–(c) Ca2+ or Cl–

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We are being asked to choose the larger atom or ion from each pair.


Recall that ionic radius is the size of an ion. The trend for ionic radius is as follows: it increases from right to left and down a period in the periodic table. Ionic radius also increases with increasing number of electrons.


Count the number of electrons present in each atom or ion first:


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Choose the larger atom or ion from each pair.
(a) K or K+
(b) F or F
(c) Ca2+ or Cl

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