Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 7 - Periodic Properties of the Elements - Exercises: 7.19c

Answer

A nonbonding atomic radius is larger than a bonding atomic radius.

Work Step by Step

As mentioned in part (b), a nonbonding atomic radius is larger than a bonding atomic radius. The attraction between 2 atoms in a compound draws them closer to each other so that the bond can be maintained. At the same time, when 2 atoms that do not have enough attraction to create a bond approach each other, the electron-electron repulsion would soon push them further from each other. Therefore, the distance between 2 nonbonding atoms is larger than that between 2 bonding atoms, which is why a nonbonding atomic radius is larger than a bonding atomic radius.
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