Problem: Name the element described in the following: Forms 2+ ion with electron configuration [Ar] 3d3.

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Neutral element:       Atomic number = # protons = # of electrons

  • Cation with charge = 2+: lost 2 electrons
  • Recall:

s orbital  can hold a maximum of 2 electrons

p orbitals → can hold a maximum of 6 electrons

d orbitals → can hold maximum of 10 electrons

f orbitals → can hold maximum of 14 electrons


Electron configuration: [Ar]3d3

  • [Ar]: atomic # = 18 18 e
    • [Ar] = 1s22s22p63s23p6 
  • 3d3 3 ein d orbital

Total electrons in cation = 18 + 3 = 21

Total electrons of neutral element = 21 + (2) = 23

  • electron configuration of neutral element: 1s22s22p63s23p64s23d3
  • transition metals lose e- from highest energy orbital (4s)
    • s orbital first before the d orbital
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Name the element described in the following: Forms 2+ ion with electron configuration [Ar] 3d3.

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