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Ryan Chang 1C
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2A.5

Postby Ryan Chang 1C » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:52 pm

Give the ground-state electron configuration expected for each of the following ions: (a) Cu 1+ ; (b) Bi 3+ ; (c) Ga 3+ ; (d) Tl 3+

For part A, I thought that the answer was [Ar]3d^84s^2 but the solution manual says that the answer is [Ar]3d^10. Why are the electrons from the 4s orbital put into the 3d orbital?

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Re: 2A.5

Postby WesleyWu_1C » Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:00 pm

If you remember in class, Cu is an exception for telling the electron configuration from the periodic table. From reading the periodic table, we would expect the configuration to be [Ar]3d^9 4s^2, BUT through experiments, scientists have found that the e- configuration is actually [Ar]3d^10 4s^1 because copper would have lower energy at this electron configuration with a filled d subshell. That's why for Cu+, the new e- configuration would be [Ar]3d^10

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Re: 2A.5

Postby Leyna Dang 2H » Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:10 pm

I had problems with this at first too, but I think it has to do with the element being ionized. You're supposed to fill the d block first so that it's more stable(?), and you do this by taking the 2 electrons from the 4s orbital and moving them to the 3d orbital. This now makes the configuration for Ga3+ = [Ar]3d^10.

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Re: 2A.5

Postby Ryan Chang 1C » Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:38 pm

WesleyWu_3C wrote:If you remember in class, Cu is an exception for telling the electron configuration from the periodic table. From reading the periodic table, we would expect the configuration to be [Ar]3d^9 4s^2, BUT through experiments, scientists have found that the e- configuration is actually [Ar]3d^10 4s^1 because copper would have lower energy at this electron configuration with a filled d subshell. That's why for Cu+, the new e- configuration would be [Ar]3d^10

This also happens for part D of the question. Why does the same thing happen to Tl 3+if Tl is not listed as one of the exception elements?

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Re: 2A.5

Postby Daria Azizad 1K » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:43 pm

I believe the same thing happens for part d because the 6 s and p orbitals are farther from the nucleus and are therefore more "loosely" held. So when it becomes an ion, electrons are lost from there first.


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