Electron Configuration

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Electron Configuration

Postby Veronica Lu 2H » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:51 pm

I am confused as to how we should order the electron configurations. I recall the correct order being like 4s2 then 3d10. However, in the textbook and midterm solutions it shows them being 3s2 3p6 3d10 then 4s2 4p6 etc. Which is right??

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Re: Electron Configuration

Postby charleejohnson1L » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:54 pm

When you write the configuration, you write it in the order of lowest to highest energy level. :) I hope this helps, this is what Lavelle said during lecture.

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Re: Electron Configuration

Postby rabiasumar2E » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:55 pm

4s would come after 3d!! In high school most of us learned to put the 4s before the 3d since they are in that order on the periodic table, but energy level wise the 4s would come after 3d. To put it simply, whenever you're doing electron configuration, put them in numerical order.

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Re: Electron Configuration

Postby ramiro_romero » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:29 pm

Just remember to write them in numerical order, this is because of the energy levels.

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