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The Na+ will have a larger size (atomic radius) while Mg2+ will have relatively smaller size. Both elements have lost their valence (outermost) electrons and achieve a stable octet state as ions. what makes a difference is the effective nuclear charge. because Mg has a higher nuclear charge, the valence electrons are pulled more towards the nucleus thereby reducing the atomic radius.

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