It is relatively easy to strip the outer elections from a heavy atom like that of uranium (which then becomes a uranium ion), but it is very difficult to remove the inner electrons. Why do you suppose this is so?
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Solution 18E First of all the distance from the nucleus to the outer electron of a heavy atom is much more compared to the separation between the inner electron of the same atom. Now, we know that the electrostatic force decreases as the square of the distance as distance increases. So for the outer electron, the force is much less compared to the inner electron. Also, the outer electron will experience the attraction due to the positive charge of the proton of the...
Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
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