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For an atom, the energy required to steal an electron is known as the ionization energy.

Which of the following is NOT true about ionization energy?

A

It is the minimum amount of energy required to remove an electron from the gaseous atom.

B

The energy to remove the electron is required to overcome the proton-electron attraction within the atom.

C

Ionization energy decreases with the removal of each successive electron.

D

Ionization energy increases as the distance between the electron and the protons decreases.

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