Energy Level Changes in Orbitals

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Ricardo Munoz 3K
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Energy Level Changes in Orbitals

Postby Ricardo Munoz 3K » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:31 pm

So, I know that orbitals have electrons and each orbital can be found at certain energy levels (e.g. 1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, etc). My question is, if an electron is excited to a higher energy level, will it stay in the same type of orbital as it was at first (as in, from the 1s to the 2s orbital), or will it go to a different type of orbital (as in, from 2s to 3p)?

Sophia Eliopulos 2I
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Re: Energy Level Changes in Orbitals

Postby Sophia Eliopulos 2I » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:04 pm

I think its more a conceptual aspect. So if an electron is excited to a higher energy level, it can still exist in the same orbital as it was before (1s/2s), but now it also has the possibility of occupying a different orbital (2s/3p).

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Re: Energy Level Changes in Orbitals

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:44 pm

Hey Ricardo! An excited electron can go to any type of orbital. An electron in an s orbital can go to a p or even another s. In higher level chemistry, there are rules that can help predict where the electron will go and not go, but, we will not go over them in this class.


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