# Which has the largest radius, magnesium (Mg), silicon (Si), sulfur (S), or sodium (Na)?

##### 1 Answer

Sodium (Na)

#### Explanation:

These are all period 3 elements.

We know that every time you add an electron to a period 3 element they all go into the 3rd energy level (

It's also obvious that as you go along a period you're simply adding one proton each element you go along, so the nuclear charge increases by

That means that going from left to right along the group, the charge increases while the number of energy levels stays the same, so the valence electrons are drawn in closer.

Therefore the largest atoms are on the left and the smallest on the right.

So sodium (Na) has the largest atomic radius, as the valence electrons are the least attracted to the nucleus.