posted by K

I just have one more question regarding electron configurations for the following ions:



I cannot understand why my answers are not working. Not listing as ground-state configs, but as full e- configs:

shouldn't Mo^3+ be:

1s2, 2s2, 2p6, 3s2, 3p6, 4s2, 3d10, 4p6, 5s2, 4d1 (meaning: Mo^3+ = 39 valence electrons, rather than 42???)

&, for V^3+:

1s2, 2s2, 2p6, 3s2, 3p6, 4s2?? (meaning: V^3+ = 20 valence electrons, rather than 23???)

  1. DrBob222

    For V3+ you took the three electrons from the 3d. You should take both 4s electrons plus 1 of the 3d electrons. The 4s orbital is further out than the 3d. I know what you are thinking about filling and how you filled it but V3+ will have 3d2 and no 4s. Go to and look at the electron configuration for Mo 3+ ion. I suspect something like the same kind of error.

  2. K

    I tried 1s2, 2s2, 2p6, 3s2, 3p6, 3d2 as well, it did not work either.

  3. DrBob222

    Then the answer machine is incorrect OR there is some form the answer is to be submitted and you aren't using that form. Have you tried [Ar]3d2?
    Here is the site I gave you and you can see that 3d2 is correct.

  4. DrBob222

    Mo is [Kr]3d5 4s1.
    Remove 1 s electron and 2 from 3d to leave

  5. K

    I ran out of attempts. I am going to attempt to ask under the "help" to see what they say.

  6. DrBob222

    OK. Let me know.

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