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A UA mentioned that we don't need to know how to write electron configurations involving the f-block however I have noticed that some of the assigned textbook questions involve the f-block. Does anyone know if this a mistake/if I should skip these questions? Or should I learn how to do it/ will we be tested on it?
I believe that Dr. Lavelle mentioned that we won't have to worry about the f-block for the questions we will see. Also on Outline 2 it clearly states we just need to identify the s, p, and d orbitals. Hope this helps!
I don't think we have to know how to write the electron configuration for an element in the f block, but let's say the element is in the 6p block, for example, then we would have to include 4f in the electron configuration, if that makes sense.
I don't think we need to worry about the f-block for the exam, however, I think it's good to have a basic understanding of it to enhance your performance on the exam. By general understand, I mean how many orbitals it has, where it begins on the periodic table, etc.
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