Problem: The following electron configurations represent excited states. Identify the element and enter its ground-state condensed electron configuration.[Ar] 4s1 3d10 4p2 5p1

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We’re being asked to identify the element and enter its ground-state condensed electron configuration. The given electron configuration is in its excited state:

[Ar]4s13d104p25p1


Recall that an excited state can be identified by:

electron that has skipped orbitals
orbitals that are not completely filled and the next one is already filled


The orbitals can contain a maximum number of electrons:

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The following electron configurations represent excited states. Identify the element and enter its ground-state condensed electron configuration.

[Ar] 4s1 3d10 4p2 5p1

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