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    Understanding periodic trends in electronegativity

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    Rank the following in order of increasing electronegativity: N,P,O

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    Background information: Trends in Electronegativity

    What is electronegativity?
    A measure of the tendency of an element to attract additonal electrons in a chemical reaction.

    PERIODIC TRENDS: Electronegativities increase ...

    Solution Summary

    The order of increasing electronegativity is determined. Nitrogen, phosphorus and oxygen is examined.