Give reason- Size of trivalent decreases with the increase in atomic number?

Asked by sheetu.k.aggarwal | 15th Feb, 2011, 09:23: PM

Expert Answer:

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The radii of the trivalent ions decrease slightly as the atomic number increases. The reason is that whereas nuclear +ve charge goes on increasing as the atomic number increases, the  electronic cloud experiences more inside pull (as the charge on the nucleus increases), all electrons are pulled in closer to the nucleus due to the occurrence of incompletely filled anti-penultimate shell so that the radii of the trivalent-ions decrease slightly as the atomic number increases.
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Answered by  | 17th Feb, 2011, 08:50: PM

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