Problem: The atomic radii of the isotopes of an element are identical to one another. However, the atomic radii of the ions of an element are significantly different from the atomic radii of the neutral atom of the element.Explain this behavior.

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  • The isotopes of the same element only have a different number of neutrons.
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The atomic radii of the isotopes of an element are identical to one another. However, the atomic radii of the ions of an element are significantly different from the atomic radii of the neutral atom of the element.

Explain this behavior.

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