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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)?
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).
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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