Ground state electron configuration?

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Sarah Huang 3A
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Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Sarah Huang 3A » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:34 am

I've been watching the lecture videos for this week, but can someone explain to me what Dr. Lavelle means, or what it means in chemistry when we stay "ground state"?

Ryan Agcaoili 2E
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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Ryan Agcaoili 2E » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:36 am

The term "ground state" refers to the lowest energy state that an atom can have.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Kaili Valenzuela 2B » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:50 am

As said above "ground state" means the lowest energy state that an atom can have and an excited state is when the atom of molecule reaches a higher energy state than its original ground state. Hope this helps!

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Jessica Katz » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:51 am

in really simple terms, the ground state is the most stable and has the lowest energy. It is the electron configuration we are used to writing, where configuration of the electrons match up with the configuration of the periodic table.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby SamayaJoshi1A » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:52 am

Ground state also means that there is no energy affecting the electrons energy levels. The electron has not been excited to another energy level.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Veeda Khan 2E » Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:26 pm

Like everyone said above, you can think of it as the beginning state as the electron has not be excited and has also not been used to bond with anything.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Chance Herbert 3A » Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:33 pm

The "ground state" is the most stable and lowest energy state of an atom. Using the term excited would imply that the electron has been increased in energy level.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Evelyn Silva 3J » Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:43 pm

Ground state is the state of lowest energy in an atom. This is when an atom is more stable. When it becomes excited it means it goes up to a higher energy level.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby joshtully » Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:25 pm

When an atom is at its ground state, it is at its lowest, unexcited, and most stable energy level.

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Re: Ground state electron configuration?

Postby Sarah Huang 3A » Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:50 pm

Thank you, everyone! That clarified a lot for me!


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