Rank this series of ionic compounds from smallest to largest magnitude (most exothermic) lattice energy:
NaCl MgO CaO Al 2O3
a. NaCl < CaO < MgO < Al 2O3
b. CaO < NaCl < MgO < Al 2O3
c. Al2O3 < CaO < NaCl < MgO
d. CaO < NaCl < Al 2O3 < MgO
e. Al2O3 < NaCl < CaO < MgO
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