Enter the electron configuration for the ion most likely formed by phosphorus.
Express your answer in the order of orbital filling as a string without blank space between orbitals. For example, the electron configuration of Li could be entered as 1s22s1 or [He]2s1.
When an atom forms an ion, it will gain or lose electrons to attain a more stable electron configuration, frequently that of a noble gas. Nonmetals tend to form anions by gaining electrons, which enter the lowest energy unoccupied orbital. Metals tend to form cations by losing electrons. Main group metals lose electrons in the reverse order of filling. Transition metals, however, lose s electrons first.
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