We have to determine which of the bands shown in the diagram (4s, 4p, and/or 3d) would be partially occupied in case of potassium metal.
To determine the band, we need to know which orbital of potassium has its valence electrons.
We will write the electron configurationof potassium metal.
The electronic band structure of nickel.
If the metal were potassium rather than nickel, which bands- 4s, 4p, and/or 3d -would be partially occupied?
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