Electronegativity, symbol χ (the Greek letter chi), is a chemical property that describes the tendency of an atom or a functional group to attract electrons (or electron density?) towards itself. An atom's electronegativity is affected by both its atomic number and the distance that its valence electrons reside from the charged nucleus. The higher the associated electronegativity number, the more an element or compound attracts electrons towards it. First proposed by Linus Pauling? in 1932 as a development of valence bond theory?, it has been shown to correlate with a number of other chemical properties. Electronegativity cannot be directly measured and must be calculated from other atomic or molecular properties. Several methods of calculation have been proposed, and although there may be small differences in the numerical values of the electronegativity, all methods show the same periodic trends between elements. Wikipedia, Electronegativity (external link)



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See Also

Affinity to Neutral Center
chemical affinity
electrical affinity
Figure 7B.12 - Sympathetic Affinity Attraction forming Vortex
Figure 7B.13 - Sympathetic Affinity increasing Energy
Law of Affinities
Law of Assimilation
Law of Attraction
Law of Chemical Affinity
Law of Harmony
Sympathetic Affinity
Sympathetic Neutral Affinity

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