Problem: Build the orbital diagram for the ion most likely formed by phosphorus.

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We’re asked to build the orbital diagram for the ion most likely formed by phosphorus.

This requires determining first the ground-state electronic configuration of phosphorus (P) by referring to the periodic table and locating the position of P.

Ground state means that the element is in its lowest energy form (not in an excited state). P has no charge which means that no electrons are removed or added in the atom.


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Build the orbital diagram for the ion most likely formed by phosphorus.