Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074



Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Depict the electron configuration for magnesium using an orbital box diagram and noble gas notation. Give a complete set of four quantum numbers for each of the electrons beyond those of the preceding noble gas.

Interpretation Introduction


The electronic configuration and quantum number of Magnesium (Mg) has to be derived.

Concept Introduction:

Electronic configuration: The electronic configuration is the distribution of electrons (e-) of an given molecule or respective atoms in atomic or molecular orbitals. We consider the electronic configuration of neon atom is 1s22s22p6, the electronic configurations describes each electrons as moving independently orbitals, an average filed created ay all other orbitals.

The aufbau principle: This rule statues that ground state of an atom or ions electrons fill atomic orbitals of the lowest available energy levels before occupying higher levels. If consider the 1s shell is filled the 2s subshell is occupied.

Hund's Rule: The every orbital in a subshell is singly occupied with one electron before any one orbital is doubly occupied, and all electrons in singly occupied orbitals have the same spin.

Quantum numbers: These terms are explained for the distribution of electron density in an atom. They are derived from the mathematical solution of Schrodinger’s equation for the hydrogen atom.  The types of quantum numbers are the principal quantum number (n), the angular momentum quantum number (l), the magnetic quantum number (ml) and the electron spin quantum number (ms). Each atomic orbital in an atom is categorized by a unique set of the quantum numbers.


Electronic configuration method of Magnesium (Mg=12) atom: According to the periodic table explain that (Mg) atomic number (Z=12) it is a second alkaline element of (s-block elements) after the noble gas neon (Ne).

Moreover the (Mg) is the third period position in periodic table, it has two electrons with corresponding orbital shells (n=2). Hence the two electrons are assigned to (3s) and remaining electrons is assigned to (2p) electron shells the all p-electrons are empty shells there is no electrons.

So the element is precedes by the noble gas argon, so the electron configuration is [Ne]3s2. The electronic configuration notations methods are shown below.

      AtomicnumberofMagnesium(Mg)=12Complete (spdf)notationof(Mg)=1s22s22p63s2Orbital filling method=1s22s22p63s2spdfwith noble gas notation=[Ne]3s2[AtomicnumberofNeon=10]Orbitalboxnotation       &

Still sussing out bartleby?

Check out a sample textbook solution.

See a sample solution

The Solution to Your Study Problems

Bartleby provides explanations to thousands of textbook problems written by our experts, many with advanced degrees!

Get Started

Additional Science Solutions

Find more solutions based on key concepts

Show solutions add

Under certain circumstances, amino acids can be converted to glucose and so serve the energy needs of the brain...

Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies - Standalone book (MindTap Course List)

How might nutritional genomics influence health care in the future?

Understanding Nutrition (MindTap Course List)

What is the plasma membrane, and what are its main functions?

Biology: The Dynamic Science (MindTap Course List)

Define homeostasis.

Human Biology (MindTap Course List)

How is bilateral symmetry different from radial symmetry?

Oceanography: An Invitation To Marine Science, Loose-leaf Versin

Suppose an observer and a source of sound are both at rest relative to the ground and a strong wind is blowing ...

Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Technology Update (No access codes included)