Why does a Cs atom have lower ionization energy than a Li atom?

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Nov 29, 2015

Answer:

Because the valence electron of caesium is further removed from the nuclear charge as compared to that of the lithium atom.

Explanation:

We are looking at the equation:

#M(g) rarrM^+(g) + e^-#

Obviously you have to pump in energy. This energy INCREASES across a Period (from left to right) and DECREASES down a Group. As nuclear charge increases, the nuclear attraction is greater. You should look at some values of this.