Electron configuration

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Nicolle Fernandez 1E
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Electron configuration

Postby Nicolle Fernandez 1E » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:14 pm

I have a question on why silver's electron configuration is [Kr] 4d^10 5s^1 instead of [Kr]4d^105s^2. Thank you

Sophia_Kiessling_2L
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Re: Electron configuration

Postby Sophia_Kiessling_2L » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:38 pm

Silver's electron configuration is like that because in some transition metals the electron from the s orbital transfers to complete the d orbital

Patrick Cai 1L
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Re: Electron configuration

Postby Patrick Cai 1L » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:38 pm

Silver is among the elements (other examples include copper and gold) with special electron configurations, where it is more energetically stable to have a full d-shell rather than a full s-shell. This is why silver's electron configuration is [Kr] 4d^10 5s^1 rather than [Kr] 4d^9 5s^2.


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