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Ionization Energies Are Periodically Trendy

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Which of the following is the WORST explanation for the increase in ionization energy of the elements going from left to right across a row of the periodic table?

A

Nonmetals tend to attract electrons more in chemical bonds.

B

The nuclei are closer to the electrons shared between the atoms in the chemical bond.

C

The atoms are smaller as one goes across a row due to the increased number of protons in the nucleus with the electrons still at relatively the same distance away.

D

Metals and the elements further to the left side of the periodic table are more likely to give up electrons in bonding than to acquire new ones.