What is the reaction that corresponds to the first ionization energy of sodium, Na? Express your answer as a chemical equation.
The following reaction can be written as the sum of two reactions, one of which relates to ionization energy and one of which relates to electron affinity:
Na(g) + Cl(g) → Na+(g) + Cl−(g)
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