Problem: Which ion has the smallest radius: Na-, Na, or Na+?

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We’re being asked to determine which has the smallest radius


Recall that ionic radius is the size of an ion. The trend for ionic radius is as follows: it increases from right to left and down a period in the periodic table. Ionic radius also increases with increasing number of electrons.


For this problem, we need to do the following:

Step 1: Determine the electrons in each species.

Step 2: Compare the charges if they are isoelectronic.


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Which ion has the smallest radius: Na-, Na, or Na+?

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