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    Dec 15, 2007, 05:02 PM
    Periodic trends and electron configuration?
    Sodium forms a +1 ion while fluorine forms a -1 ion. Please explain why they do not form +2 and -2 ions, respectively. Use electron configurations and periodic trends to support your answer.
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    Dec 16, 2007, 06:40 AM
    It is because sodium and fluorine are closer to the electronic configuration of neon(1s2 2s2 2p6 ).
    Sodium---1s2 2s2 2p6 3s1
    Fluorine---1s2 2s2 2p5
    Thus it is easy to achieve the electronic configuration of neon rather than anything else so they loose and gain one electron easily to become stable
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    Dec 18, 2007, 04:11 AM
    When the magnesium was added to water and phenolphtalein, what was observed?

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