Electron Configuration

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Tracy Tolentino_2E
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Electron Configuration

Postby Tracy Tolentino_2E » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:24 pm

When finding the electron configuration of an ion, why do we remove electrons from the highest orbital first?

Andrew Jang 4D
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Re: Electron Configuration

Postby Andrew Jang 4D » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:27 pm

the highest orbital usually has the highest energy so the atom wants to get rid of the electron

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Re: Electron Configuration

Postby KSong_1J » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:30 pm

You want to remove electrons from higher energy levels before moving onto lower energy levels, so you’ll want to remove them from the highest orbital. They’re also usually easier to remove because they’re further away from the nucleus

Lilyana Villa 1J
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Re: Electron Configuration

Postby Lilyana Villa 1J » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:31 pm

I believe this is because electrons in the outermost shell (valence electrons) are easier to remove since electrons closer to the nucleus are more tightly held. Electrons in the highest orbital are in the outermost shell.

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