Ground State

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Ground State

Postby 005321227 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:12 pm

What exactly does ground state electron configuration mean? What is it asking me to find?

Brianna Becerra 1B
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Re: Ground State

Postby Brianna Becerra 1B » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:14 pm

The ground state refers to the lowest possible energy of an atom.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Petrina Kan 2I » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:19 pm

When one says ground state electron configuration, one can just assume to find the configuration with the lowest energy, meaning just the normal electron configuration. The word "ground-state" isn't asking you to find anything special in particular--just find the electron configuration as you would normally and that's it. :)

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Re: Ground State

Postby Nare Arakelian Dis 3E » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:41 pm

So if an atom's electron configuration breaks one of the rules, like Hund's rule or Pauli exclusion principle, that means it is not in ground state but in excited state

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Re: Ground State

Postby Serena Siddiq 3D » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:46 pm

To add, a ground state electron configuration is simply just asking you to find it based on its placement on the periodic table. If it were an excited state, the electron configuration would have the orbitals filled up with arrows all over the place, instead of following the form we learned of a ground state configuration, where the orbitals are filled up one arrow in each box before pairing by adding a second one to each box. Hope that makes sense!

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Re: Ground State

Postby Michelle Xie 2B » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:55 am

The ground state is when the atom is at the lowest possible energy. It corresponds to the electron configuration.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Maya Beal Dis 1D » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:01 am

Ions can be in ground state too even though they have a net charge. It just means that all of the electrons on the atom are in the lowest possible energy state for that number of electrons.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Adelpha Chan 1B » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:03 am

005321227 wrote:What exactly does ground state electron configuration mean? What is it asking me to find?


ground state electron configuration refers to the state of the atom where electrons are at the lowest possible energy level (no electrons are excited and jumping to higher levels). For example, the ground state electron configuration of magnesium is [Ne]4s^2

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Re: Ground State

Postby 005162902 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:28 pm

"ground state" represents the lowest energy level possible for a molecule. It is often the state listed on the periodic table, where no electrons have been excited or removed. Just the most basic, low energy state of an element.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Kelsey Ash 1D » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:34 pm

The ground state energy of an atom is when the atom is in it lowest energy state in which orbital subshells are paired before the electrons can move up to a higher orbital.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Arvind 4G » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:51 pm

This is the state of the atom when it is at its lowest energy.

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Re: Ground State

Postby Jainam Shah 4I » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:22 am

It is the state of the atom when none of the electrons are excited. You can verify it through energy diagram's and whether or not Hund's rule and Pauli's principle are violated.


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