## Correct way to write molecular configuration?

Alex_Wagas_3K
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### Correct way to write molecular configuration?

Do we need to specify the specific p-states?

For example, for C2, is the correct configuration:
1. $(\sigma 2s)^2(\sigma* 2s)^2(\sigma 2pz)^2(\pi 2px)^1(\pi 2py)^1$
or
2. $(\sigma 2s)^2(\sigma* 2s)^2(\sigma 2pz)^2(\pi 2p)^2$

Basically, do we have to specify the specific states or can we just state the certain level and leave it at that?