Problem: Consider S, Cl, and K and their most common ions.List the atoms in order of decreasing size.

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We have to arrange the S, Cl and K atoms in order of decreasing size.


The size of an atom (atomic radius) depends upon:

  • The number of energy levels (shells)
  • The strength of attractive forces between the nucleus and the valence electrons
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Consider S, Cl, and K and their most common ions.

List the atoms in order of decreasing size.

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