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Is the following statement true or false?
Electronegativity is a measure of an atom's ability to pull electrons from other atoms. It is a measure of charge. 

Asked by Halbert, Last updated: Jan 06, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

False -electronegativity is a measure of an atoms ability to pull electrons from other atoms. whether the pull is strong or weak depends on the atoms size and how many vacancies it has; it is not a measure of charge. example: a chlorine atom uncharged, it has 17 protons and 17 electrons. on its valence electrons shell, it has 7 electrons. (which can hold eight) it has one vacancy. an uncharged chlorine atom is highly electronegative-- it can pull an electron away from another atom and fill its third shell.it would then become a chlorine ion. ( cl-)
 

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