Tricks to remembering orbitals

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Brianna Brockman 1F
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Tricks to remembering orbitals

Postby Brianna Brockman 1F » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:18 pm

When I took Chem before, there was a trick involving the periodic table that could help you tell what orbital the valence electrons were in and what order to follow the orbitals for, but I can't remember it nor can I find it mentioned anywhere. Is there/what is the trick to remembering and figuring out the orbitals?

Lauren Ho 2E
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Re: Tricks to remembering orbitals

Postby Lauren Ho 2E » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:55 pm


This diagram is super helpful for me!

Rachana Jayaraman 1H
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Re: Tricks to remembering orbitals

Postby Rachana Jayaraman 1H » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:10 pm

Another way to remember it is by the group the element is in.
Elements in group 1-2 are in ns orbital
Elements in groups 3-12 are in the (n-1)d orbital
Elements in groups 13-18 are in the np orbital.
n is the period number of the element.

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