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ompare the atomic sizes of each pair of atoms. State the larger atom for each pair.

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mbol for Larger Atom

and B  __________

and N  __________

and Al  __________

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

On the basis of atomic sizes, the comparison between the given pairs of atoms is to be stated.

Concept Introduction:

The distance between the nucleus and the valence shell electrons of an atom is known to be the atomic size of that atom. According to the periodic table, the atomic size increases while going down the group and decreases while moving from left to right in the period.

Explanation

The first pair of atoms is F (fluorine) and B (boron). According to the atomic size trend given in the periodic table, the atomic size of atoms decreases while moving from left to right in the period. Boron is located to the left of fluorine in the periodic table. Thus, boron possesses the larger atomic size.

The second pair of atoms is C (carbon) and N (nitrogen). According to the atomic size trend given in the periodic table, the atomic size of atoms decreases while moving from left to right in the period

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