Problem: Among elements 1–18, which element or elements have the smallest effective nuclear charge if we use Equation 7.1 to calculate Zeff? Which element or elements have the largest effective nuclear charge?

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Recall that the effective nuclear charge is the force exerted by the nucleus onto an electron and is given by:


Zeff=Z-S


The shielding constant, S = core electrons


For the elements:

  • Hydrogen: 1s → core e- = 0 
    • Z = 1, S = 0 
    • Zeff = 1 - 0 = 1 
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Among elements 1–18, which element or elements have the smallest effective nuclear charge if we use Equation 7.1 to calculate Zeff? Which element or elements have the largest effective nuclear charge?

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