|Matters and Properties of Matters|
|Atomic Structure with Examples|
|--Electron Configuration with Examples|
|--Orbitals and Placing Electrons to Orbitals with Examples|
|--Atomic Structure Cheatsheet|
|The Mole Concept with Examples|
|Gases with Examples|
|Chemical Reactions with Examples|
|Nuclear Chemistry (Radioactivity)|
|Acids and Bases|
|Rates of Reactions (Chemical Kinetics)|
|Exams and Problem Solutions|
Orbitals and Placing Electrons to Orbitals with Examples
When external energy is given to atoms, some of them change their energy levels. We call this state of atom as; exited state. For example, following electron configurations belong to 8O, one of them is ground state and other one is exited state.
1s22s22p4 : "ground state"
1s22s22p33s1 : "exited state"
Elements are in ground states most of the time. When we solve examples you should always take them in ground state.
Showing Electrons in Orbitals (sub shells)
We show orbitals with following shape;
Capacity of each orbital is two electrons. We can also show electrons in orbitals as follows ;
There are some rules for placing electrons in orbitals. For example, electrons must be placed orbitals having same energy level one by one. If orbitals are not filled with electrons, you can not pass another energy level. Look at the following figure that shows number of orbitals in each sub level s, p, d, f;
Examine following examples to understand placing electrons in orbitals.
1. 5B: 1s22s22p1
2. 6C: 1s22s22p2
3. 7N: 1s22s22p3
4. 8O: 1s22s22p4
Spherical symmetry makes atom more stable. Half filled or filled orbitals show us spherical symmetry.
s : 1e- or 2e-
p : 3e- or 6e-
d : 5e- or 10e-
f: 7e- or 14e-
Orbitals s, p, d, f have given electrons above, has spherical symmetry.
7N=1s22s22p3 p orbital has 3 electrons, thus N has spherical symmetry.
8O=1s22s22p4 p orbital has 4 electrons, thus O has NO spherical symmetry.
Electron Configurations of Ions
If electron is bound to neutral atom, atom becomes negatively charged ion. We calculate total number of electrons and make electron configuration.
Example: Write electron configuration of 9F-.
F ion has 9+1=10 electrons.
If electron gives electron it becomes positively charged ion.
Example: Write electron configuration of 14Si+. 14Si+2, 14Si+3 .
14Si+ has 14-1=13 electrons
14Si+2 has 14-2=12 electrons
14Si+3 has 14-3=11 electrons