Problem: Construct a Born-Haber cycle for the formation of the hypothetical compound NaCl2, where the sodium ion has a 2+ charge (the 2nd ionization energy for sodium is given in Table 7.2 in the textbook).How large would the lattice energy need to be for the formation of NaCl2 to be exothermic?

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We’re being asked to calculate the lattice energy of NaCl2 needed for the reaction to be exothermic.


Recall that lattice energy is the energy required to combine two gaseous ions into a solid ionic compound:


Mx+(g) + Ny–(g)  MyNx(s)


To calculate for lattice energy, we need to do the Born-Haber cycle for NaCl2


We start with the corresponding formation equation for NaCl2:

Na(s) + Cl2(g)  NaCl2(s), ΔH˚f


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Construct a Born-Haber cycle for the formation of the hypothetical compound NaCl2, where the sodium ion has a 2+ charge (the 2nd ionization energy for sodium is given in Table 7.2 in the textbook).

How large would the lattice energy need to be for the formation of NaCl2 to be exothermic?

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