Which of the following ions would be expected to have the greater energy of hydration, #Mg^(2+)# or #Al^(3+)#?

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Jun 29, 2018

Answer:

Well, which ion has the greater #"nucular charge"#?

Explanation:

Clearly, #"aluminum"# has a GREATER nuclear charge than magnesium... And it is ALSO a formal #Al^(3+)# trication…and also also it is a trication as opposed to a dication...

But as chemists, as physical scientists, should we not interrogate the data? Do these data support or detract from our argument...?