Problem: Use the trends in ionization energy and electron affinity to explain why sodium chloride has the formula NaCl and not Na2Cl or NaCl2.

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Use the trends in ionization energy and electron affinity to explain why sodium chloride has the formula NaCl and not Na2Cl or NaCl2.

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