Writing full electron configuration

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CNourian2H
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Writing full electron configuration

Postby CNourian2H » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:43 pm

If it says to write the full electron configuration in the ground state for an element, do you ever need to include the different subshells that show unpaired electrons?

for example: for the full electron configuration of nitrogen, in the 2p-orbital do you write it out as [2px1 2py1 2pz1] or just [2p3]

MAC 4G
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Re: Writing full electron configuration

Postby MAC 4G » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:25 pm

For the full electron configuration for Nitrogen in the ground state, it would be up to 2p^3. You would do this if it asks for the configuration of a specific element and/or ion.

At least that's how it has been for the homework and the midterm so far. But, conceptually I think it's important to know that the components of the 2p orbital (in the Nitrogen example) and how electrons would fill and fit into the shell.

Cooper Baddley 1F
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Re: Writing full electron configuration

Postby Cooper Baddley 1F » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:38 pm

It seems like the only time 2Px, 2Py, 2Pz are ever important is just to understand the three shells in the p and how 6 valence electrons fit there, or to understand how the configuration is supposed to look.

Kallista McCarty 1C
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Re: Writing full electron configuration

Postby Kallista McCarty 1C » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:21 pm

You can just write 2p^6 (for a full shell)! That form of writing includes 2px, 2py, and 2pz


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