Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 5 - Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table - Questions for Review and Thought - Applying Concepts - Page 240f: 125b


ground or excited state

Work Step by Step

For this problem, we are asked to determine whether the electrons are in the ground or the excited state. To do this, we look at their configurations and see if they represent the way that we would normally add electrons to shells. This could be in the ground state, since the configuration is the way that it would normally be written. However, since the electrons could be excited within the p shell, we cannot know for sure.
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