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Chapter 3, Problem 32E
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Draw electron configurations for each of the following elements according to the Bohr model. Indicate which electrons are valence electrons.

a. Mg

b. S

c. He

d. K

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The electronic configurations of given elements are to be drawn and the valence electrons are to be indicated.

Concept Introduction:

 As per Bohr’s model of an atom, electrons are arranged in orbits. Orbits are circular paths in which electrons revolve around the nucleus. There can be a maximum of two electrons in the first orbit; eight electrons in the second orbit and third orbits while eighteen in the fourth orbit.

 The arrangement of electrons in orbits is termed as the electronic configuration. Atoms in which the orbits are completely filled are the least chemically reactive while those in which orbits are incomplete are reactive.

 The electrons present in the outermost orbit in the electronic configuration are called valence electrons. The outermost orbit is termed as valence orbit.

Explanation of Solution

a) Mg

Magnesium contains 12 electrons. The electronic configuration of magnesium is 2, 8, 2. It has two electrons in the last orbit. So, the number of valence electrons is two, as shown below. Therefore its configuration is as follows:

b) S

Sulfur contains 16 electrons. The electronic configuration of sulfur is 2, 8, 6. It has six electrons in the last orbit. So, the number of valence electrons is six, as shown below. Therefore its configuration is as follows:

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