Based On Periodic Properties, What Two Or Three Elements Would You Expect To Be Most Like Carbon?

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Life on Earth evolved based on the element carbon. Based on periodic properties, what two or three elements would you expect to be most like carbon?

Answer: Silicon and germanium.


Silicon and germanium are two elements that are expected to be close to carbon atoms since they are all in the same group in the periodic table and have four valence electrons. They have equal ionization energies and electron affinities.

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