Problem: A carbon atom can absorb radiation of various wavelengths with resulting changes in its electron configuration. Write the orbital diagrams for the electron configuration of carbon that results from the ground state absorbing the three longest wavelengths of radiation it can absorb.

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Ground state electron configuration of carbon (C):

C:        1s22s22p2

C:        1s22s22px12py12pz0

Ground state orbital diagram:

absorption  of radiation of various wavelengths:

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A carbon atom can absorb radiation of various wavelengths with resulting changes in its electron configuration. Write the orbital diagrams for the electron configuration of carbon that results from the ground state absorbing the three longest wavelengths of radiation it can absorb.

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