How does the ionization energy vary across the Period?

1 Answer
Dec 12, 2016

You are saying that ionization energy increases across a Period, from left to right as we face the Table?


We examine the following reaction:

#M(g) + Delta rarr M^(+)(g) + e^-#

Going across the Period from left to right (facing the Table) the nuclear charge increases progressively with #Z#, the atomic number. Incomplete electronic shells shield the nuclear charge VERY imperfectly, with the result that ionization energy goes up substantially across the Period, and reaches a maximum at the end of the Period, at the Noble Gas.

Is this what you are after?