Electron configurations

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Abigail Carter 4G
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Electron configurations

Postby Abigail Carter 4G » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:43 pm

When do you write x,y,z when you are writing electron configurations?

April Meza 3K
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Re: Electron configurations

Postby April Meza 3K » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:47 pm

The x, y, z are used to be more specific than the s,p,d,f orbitals. It helps categorize the electrons into their subsets in an orbital.

Kevin Antony 2B
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Re: Electron configurations

Postby Kevin Antony 2B » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:52 pm

To my knowledge, x, y, and z refer to the different electron pairs possible in orbital. There can be 2 electrons per orbital as long as they have opposite spin. In p, for example, there can be up to 6 electrons grouped in twos. To organize them we separate them by Px, Py, and Pz.

Lauren Stack 1C
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Re: Electron configurations

Postby Lauren Stack 1C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:57 pm

The only time to expand into the descriptive x, y, and z is when it is specified in the question or asked for. Otherwise, I believe it is fine to leave the configuration in its simplified form (no x, y, z). The x, y, and z are not necessarily part of the 4 main quantum numbers.

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