Problem: Rank this series of ionic compounds from smallest to largest magnitude (most exothermic) lattice energy:  NaCl         MgO        CaO       Al  2O3  a. NaCl < CaO < MgO < Al 2O3b. CaO < NaCl < MgO < Al 2O3c. Al2O3 < CaO < NaCl < MgOd. CaO < NaCl < Al 2O3 < MgOe. Al2O3 < NaCl < CaO < MgO 

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Rank this series of ionic compounds from smallest to largest magnitude (most exothermic) lattice energy:  

NaCl         MgO        CaO       Al  2O3  

a. NaCl < CaO < MgO < Al 2O3

b. CaO < NaCl < MgO < Al 2O3

c. Al2O3 < CaO < NaCl < MgO

d. CaO < NaCl < Al 2O3 < MgO

e. Al2O3 < NaCl < CaO < MgO 

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