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How detailed should the configurations be?

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:48 pm
by Tina Wen 1G
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)?

Re: How detailed should the configurations be?

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:22 pm
by Luis Torres 1C
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.

Re: How detailed should the configurations be?

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 3:57 pm
by Alexandra Wade 1L
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.

Re: How detailed should the configurations be?

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 5:32 pm
by Sara Veerman-1H
I think you only need to know the shorthand, but being familiar with the notation of sub-levels may come in handy later.