Problem: Elements with ________________ first ionization energies and ___________ electron affinities generally form cations.A. low, very negativeB. high, positive or slightly negativeC. low, positive or slightly negativeD. high, very negativeE. None of these is generally correct.

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 Ionization energy is the energy required to remove an electron from a gaseous atom or ion.

Electron affinity is the energy required to add 1 mole of electrons to a gaseous element. 


Cation 

▪ gain positive charge → lose electrons

▪ energy that corresponds to removing electrons in an element → ionization energy
▪ easier to remove electrons → lower ionization energy

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Elements with ________________ first ionization energies and ___________ electron affinities generally form cations.

A. low, very negative

B. high, positive or slightly negative

C. low, positive or slightly negative

D. high, very negative

E. None of these is generally correct.

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