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Problem: Of the following, which gives the correct order for atomic radius for Mg, Na, P, Si and Ar?a. Mg > Na > P > Si > Arb. Ar > Si > P > Na > Mgc. Si > P > Ar > Na > Mgd. Na > Mg > Si > P > Are. Ar > P > Si > Mg > Na

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We’re being asked to rank the elements in decreasing atomic radius .


Atomic radius represents the distance from the nucleus to the outer shell of an element. 

The trend of the atomic radius in the periodic table:

decreases going from left to right of a period

increases going down a group


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Of the following, which gives the correct order for atomic radius for Mg, Na, P, Si and Ar?

a. Mg > Na > P > Si > Ar

b. Ar > Si > P > Na > Mg

c. Si > P > Ar > Na > Mg

d. Na > Mg > Si > P > Ar

e. Ar > P > Si > Mg > Na

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