Chemistry: How to Write Electron Configuration

Before determining which electrons are available for reactions, scientists identify each atom's electron configuration. An informative video from Socratica's chemistry playlist includes how to write electron configurations. It explains the three main rules and works through a few examples to make sure the concept is clear.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create practice problems writing electron configuration
  • Add each of the following terms to science journals: Aufbau Principle, Hund's Rule, and Pauli Exclusion Principle
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of electrons and orbitals
Pros

  • Clear explanation and examples help solidify scholar knowledge
  • Requires very little class time
Cons

  • None