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Au question

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:03 pm
by Megan_Ervin_1F
for Au, why is an electron more likely to be removed from the s orbital than the p orbital? I understand that the half full d orbital is more stable but why remove the electron from the s orbital?

Re: Au question

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:38 pm
by ian_haliburton_1f
The 6s electron is still the most energized in the atom, and it is furthest away from the nucleus, being the only n=6 state electron. So, it will be easiest to separate from the atom altogether.