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 - More Challenging Questions - Page 240g: 137


electron configuration

Work Step by Step

We know that Nitrogen has a more stable configuration. After all, through adding an electron to obtain oxygen's configuration, two electrons are forced to be paired together. Since this extra electron makes the electron configuration less stable, it is easier to remove the electron on oxygen than it is to remove the one on sulfur.
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