# How does ionization energy change?

##### 1 Answer
Jun 5, 2016

Ionization energies increase across a Period; they decrease down a Group.

#### Explanation:

Across the Period, from left to right, we add electrons to the same valence shell but sequentially increase $Z$, the atomic number. The result? Nuclear charge wins and atomic radii decrease markedly, and ionization energies increase.

Down a Group, the valence electrons are further removed from the nucleus, and inner electronic shells effectively shield the nuclear charge. The result? Ionization energies decrease.

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