What periodic trends of Atomic size occur with the halogens?

1 Answer
Mar 3, 2016


The halogen atoms increase in size down the Group.


Now it is well known that atomic size decreases across a Period, and increases down a Group. As we go across the Period from left to right, nuclear charge increases sequentially, and the added electrons do not shield each other effectively. The result is a contraction ACROSS the Period. Going DOWN the Group, the added electrons have completed a shell, and thus offer some shielding of the nuclear charge; i.e. the valence electrons build on a shell of electrons that are already present. Shielding is the dominant effect, and atomic radii should reasonably increase.

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