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    Forum Masters Degree thyristor's Avatar
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    Could somebody please explain this to me:
    If you to go the Swedish wikipedia and the article elektronegativitet http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektronegativitet, you will see a diagram of electronegativity. However, if you go the English article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronegativity some values, e.g. for tungsten, will be different. Why?


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    One possibility is considering the way wikipedia works. Anyone is allowed to make editions, and those who make the most regular and accurate ones are appointed as administrators to 'govern' the page.

    After googling Tungsten's electronegativity and comparing with the two tables, I think the English version is more up-to-date (But to be sure, google 'electronegativity of [some other inconsistent elements]' and check with the tables).

    The administrator(s) of the Swedish page may not have kept the page updated with the new values, but you could update it yourself if you like.


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    Ok, thanks!
    The only problem is, which I now see I should have mentioned in my first post, that the table in our chemistry book contains the same figures as the one on wikipedia. It is a respected publisher, but naturally they still could have made a blunder. However, since it's not only the electronegativity for one element, I find it unplausible that the authors/ the publisher have put figures there without no reason.
    It all seens very odd to me.
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    Your textbook might have been published before new values for electronegativity were calculated, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drowsy turtle
    Your textbook might have been published before new values for electronegativity were calculated, perhaps?
    I think it was last edited in 2007, and printed in 2008 so the figures should be quite up-to-date. However, there might have been a change in the electronegativty since then, as you proposed. Well, thanks for the point anyway!
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