Chemistry » Classification of Matter » Chemical Properties Of The Groups

Summary and Main Ideas


  • Elements are arranged in periods and groups on the periodic table. The elements are arranged according to increasing atomic number.

  • A group is a column on the periodic table containing elements with similar properties. A period is a row on the periodic table.

  • The atomic radius is a measure of the size of the atom.

  • The first ionisation energy is the energy needed to remove one electron from an atom in the gas phase.

  • Electronegativity is the tendency of atoms to attract electrons.

  • Across a period the ionisation energy and electronegativity increase. The atomic radius decreases across a period.

  • The groups on the periodic table are labelled from 1 to 18. Group 1 is known as the alkali metals, group 2 is known as the alkali earth metals, group 17 is known as the halogens and the group 18 is known as the noble gases. The elements in a group have similar properties.

  • The atomic radius and the density both increase down a group. The ionisation energy, electronegativity, and melting and boiling points all decrease down a group.

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