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electron configuration of oxygen
ChuC
#1 Posted : Saturday, July 24, 2010 7:06:32 PM
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Hi,
why is the electron configuration of oxygen 1s^2, 2s^2, 2p^4 and not 1s^2, 2p^6? Wouldn't the latter configuration be prefered due to HUnd's rule?
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#2 Posted : Sunday, July 25, 2010 10:36:57 PM
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The 2s subshell is a lower energy subshell than the 2p so electrons will fill 2s first thus leaving only 4 electrons to fill up the 6 possible positions in 2p.
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