HW 2.39

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Maya Khoury
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HW 2.39

Postby Maya Khoury » Sun May 06, 2018 1:09 pm

So could someone just explain to me for homework problem 2. 39 how by looking at the electron configurations, you can tell if the atom is in ground state or an excited state?

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Re: HW 2.39

Postby AnnaYan_1l » Sun May 06, 2018 1:28 pm

Hi Maya! So you can basically determine whether an electron is in a ground state or an excited state by seeing whether the electron configurations violate Aufbau principle, Hund's rule, or the Pauli's exclusion principle. If an electron configuration violates any principle/rule, then it is representing the excited state. If it does not, then the electron configuration represents the ground state.

Hope that helps!

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Re: HW 2.39

Postby sylvie_1D » Sun May 06, 2018 1:50 pm

For number 39 electrons not int their lowest energy state possible are considered excited. For example, carbon is excited because it isn't at it's lowest energy configuration. In the 2p orbital instead of having two electrons in a one orbital, they should each occupy their own orbital as electrons want to be as far apart form each other as possible.

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