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Nitrogen (atomic number 7) and phosphorus (atomic number 15) belong to group 15 of the periodic table. Write the electronic configuration of these two elements. Which of these will be more electronegative? Why?
 


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1. Nitrogen (7): 2, 5
2. Phosphorus (15): 2, 8, 5
3. Since electronegativity decreases down a group, nitrogen will be more electronegative.
 

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