Properties of silver atoms

Ionisation Energies and electron affinity

The electron affinity of silver is 125.6  kJ mol-1. The ionisation energies of silver are given below.

Ionisation energy number Enthalpy /kJ mol-1
1st 731.0
2nd 2070
3rd 3361

Ionisation energies of Ag

Electronic configuration

The following represents the electronic configuration and its associated term symbol for the ground state neutral gaseous atom. The configuration associated with silver in its compounds is not necessarily the same.

The single s-electron in the outer shell of silver leads to its spectrum resembling those of the alkali metals, that is, many "doublets".

Pointer to The Orbitron gallery of orbitals.

Kossel shell structure of Ag
A schematic representation of the shell structure of silver - not what the atom of silver "looks like".

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