How detailed should the configurations be?

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Tina Wen 1G
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How detailed should the configurations be?

Postby Tina Wen 1G » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:48 pm

Hi, how detailed should the electron configurations be? Can we always apply shorthand parentheses like [Ar] 3s^2? For p sublevels do we need to notify the x, y and z orbitals when writing the configurations (eg. 2px^2 2py^1 2pz^1)?

Luis Torres 1C
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Re: How detailed should the configurations be?

Postby Luis Torres 1C » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:22 pm

I believe that the short hand is usually acceptable, as it saves you time from having to write out the entire configuration. As for the p sub-levels, I think professor Lavelle had said that it isn't required to notify x,y,z specifically, but you can if you would like.

Alexandra Wade 1L
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Re: How detailed should the configurations be?

Postby Alexandra Wade 1L » Tue May 01, 2018 3:57 pm

The only time where it might be better to write out more of the electron configuration is when it is a noble gas itself or a cation or anion that end up having the same configuration as a noble gas such as O^-2.

Sara Veerman-1H
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Re: How detailed should the configurations be?

Postby Sara Veerman-1H » Tue May 01, 2018 5:32 pm

I think you only need to know the shorthand, but being familiar with the notation of sub-levels may come in handy later.


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