which is more reactive Cl or F?

Asked by Natasha banerjee | 2nd Mar, 2011, 04:45: PM

Expert Answer:

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They are both from the same group, yes. But F is above Cl so it means that the F's valence shell is nearer the nucleus (or at "lower level") than the valence shell in Cl, which causes F to have more effective nuclear charge.
This fact explains the more affinity for electrons in F in relation to Cl and therefore F is more reactive.
 
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Answered by  | 2nd Mar, 2011, 11:38: AM

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