Help on 2.51

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Amanda Cardenas 1J
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Help on 2.51

Postby Amanda Cardenas 1J » Thu May 10, 2018 10:13 pm

I need help on part a and d of 2.51. Any help is useful.
2.51: How many unpaired electrons are predicted for the ground-state configuration of each of the following atoms:
(a) Bi
(d) Ni

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Re: Help on 2.51

Postby NatalieSDis1A » Thu May 10, 2018 10:23 pm

a. The electron configuration for Bi is [Xe] 4f^14 5d^10 6s^2 6p^3. All of the shell are full except for the p block so we want to look at that. I think it's helpful to draw out the orbitals for this. if you look at the 6p orbital ___ ___ ___ we would draw three parallel arrows (according to Hund's rule) and have 3 unpaired electrons.

d. Ni: [Ar] 3d^8 4s^2. For this one we want to look at the 3d shell because it is not completely full.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___
For the first five electrons in d we would fill each orbit with parallel electrons. The remaining 3 would form pairs in the first 3 orbital. This leaves 2 unpaired electrons.

Bijal Luhar
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Re: Help on 2.51

Postby Bijal Luhar » Thu May 10, 2018 11:06 pm


a. the first step in solving these problem is writing out the full electron configuration;
Bi: [Xe] 6s2 5d10 6p3
-From here we see that the S orbital is completely filled with its 2 electrons, we see that the D orbital is completely filled with its own 10 electrons, however we notice that the P orbital is not completely filled with the 6 electrons, it only has 3. Therefore, there are 3 electrons are essentially "missing" and are the ones that are not paired

b. we would repeat the same process for B. Just remember that S should have 2 electrons, D should have 10, and P should have 6. If these numbers do not appear simply subtract the value given from the value necessary for a full shell. This will give you the amount of unpaired electrons

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Re: Help on 2.51

Postby Alejandro Salazar 1D » Fri May 11, 2018 7:47 pm

To find the unpaired electrons, select the outer most valence electron, identify if it is s d p f orbital, draw out how many electrons on the outer most valence electron, and determine how many are unpaired.
I attached a file to illustrate

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