# With respect to the Periodic Table, how does electronegativity evolve with respect to the individual elements?

Jul 8, 2017

$\text{Electronegativity increases across a Period..........}$
$\text{Electronegativity increases across a Period..........}$, from left to right as face the Table. And $\text{DECREASES}$ down a Group, a column of the Periodic Table. See this old answer.
Given that you got $N , O , P , F$, clearly $F$, a $\text{Group 17 element}$, is the most electronegative element, followed by $\text{Group 16 oxygen}$, followed $\text{Group 15 nitrogen}$. And in last place of course is of course $\text{Group 15}$ phosphorus, which comes from the next Period.
And so the order is $\stackrel{F , O , N , P}{\text{decreasing electronegativity}}$.