# Electron Configuration of Phosphorus: Decoding Atomic & Orbital Struct

Chapter 4, Problem 46

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QUESTION:

Given that the electron configuration for phosphorus is $${\rm{1}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{2}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{2}}{{\rm{p}}^{\rm{6}}}{\rm{3}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{3}}{{\rm{p}}^{\rm{3}}}$$, answer the following questions:

a. How many electrons are in each atom?

b. What is the atomic number of this element?

c. Write the orbital notation for this element.

d. How many unpaired electrons does an atom of phosphorus have?

e. What is its highest occupied energy level?

f. How many inner-shell electrons does the atom contain?

g. In which orbital(s) are these inner-shell electrons located?

##### Electron Configuration of Phosphorus: Decoding Atomic & Orbital Struct

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Discover the intricacies of the electron configuration for phosphorus, from its atomic number to its orbital notation. Learn about unpaired electrons, energy levels, and the significance of inner-shell electrons. Understand how orbital structures define an element's properties.

QUESTION:

Given that the electron configuration for phosphorus is $${\rm{1}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{2}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{2}}{{\rm{p}}^{\rm{6}}}{\rm{3}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{3}}{{\rm{p}}^{\rm{3}}}$$, answer the following questions:

a. How many electrons are in each atom?

b. What is the atomic number of this element?

c. Write the orbital notation for this element.

d. How many unpaired electrons does an atom of phosphorus have?

e. What is its highest occupied energy level?

f. How many inner-shell electrons does the atom contain?

g. In which orbital(s) are these inner-shell electrons located?

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The electron configuration of the phosphorous (P) atom is $${\rm{1}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{2}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{2}}{{\rm{p}}^{\rm{6}}}{\rm{3}}{{\rm{s}}^{\rm{2}}}{\rm{3}}{{\rm{p}}^{\rm{3}}}$$.