Drawing Orbitals and Electron Spins

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Ariel Fern 2B
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Drawing Orbitals and Electron Spins

Postby Ariel Fern 2B » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:15 pm

When a question asks to write the electron configuration, it is typically asking for just the subshells and the number of electrons within the subshell. I was wondering under what context would we also have to draw out the orbitals and arrows representing the electron spins: Would the question just ask directly to sketch these? I don't think I've come across a question like that. I know for 1E.21 & 23, I drew them to see how many unpaired electrons there were, but I was wondering if there was a type of electron configuration that would ask to sketch the electron spins.

Bilal Pandit 1J
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Re: Drawing Orbitals and Electron Spins

Postby Bilal Pandit 1J » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:26 am

That kind of detail isnt really necessary, so only draw it out if the question specifically asks for it.

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Re: Drawing Orbitals and Electron Spins

Postby Megan_1F » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:08 am

Unless it asks for the spin, I would just write the configuration with [noble gas] sub shells after. However, drawing out the spins and the levels may help to visualize.

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