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 - Page 292: 7.40a


The statement is false.

Work Step by Step

To remove an electron from the atom or ion, energy must be provided. So, ionization process is in fact a reaction that must be provided energy so that it would happen. Since ionization process is a kind of reaction that requires energy, according to universal agreement, the energy that must be provided (the ionization energy) would be taken to be positive. Therefore, ionization energies are always positive quantities. The statment is false.
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