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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. :)
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!
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
"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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