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Problem: The first ionization energy and the electron affinity of Ar are both positive values.What is the significance of the positive value in each case?

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We are asked to determine the significance of having positive ionization energy and a positive electron affinity for Ar.

Let us define ionization energy and electron affinity.

  • Ionization energy
    • the amount of energy required to remove an electron from the gaseous form of that atom or ion
    • always positive for a neutral atom
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The first ionization energy and the electron affinity of Ar are both positive values.

What is the significance of the positive value in each case?

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