Problem: Which of the following atoms should have the greatest polarizability?FBrPoPbHe

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Polarizability is the ease of distorting an electron cloud. It increases as the volume occupied by electrons increases. 


Trend of polarizability in the periodic table:

• decreases going from left to right of a period

• increases going down a group


Given: F, Br, Po, Pb, He


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Which of the following atoms should have the greatest polarizability?
F
Br
Po
Pb
He

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