Which element has the highest first ionization energy?

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Oct 22, 2015

Answer:

Ionization energies should increase across a period, and decrease down a group. Therefore the element with the highest 1st ionization should be helium.

Explanation:

Because we are physical scientists, while we can make predictions we should look at actual figures to check that we are not talking out of our posteriors. And look at this handy graph:

http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Textbook_Maps/General_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps

Is the graph consistent with the principles we discussed above?