Electron Configuration

  • Thread starter pearapple
  • Start date
  • #1
12
0

Homework Statement


Write the electron configuration for SiO4.


Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution


My professor said we just need to show the configuration for Si and O separately.

I think Si gains four electrons, so its configuration is 1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p6

But Oxygen I'm not sure about. Each oxygen only gains one electron, so would it be

1s2 2s2 2p5?

It's been a loooong time since I did chem and I can't remember how this works. Am I doing this right?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Borek
Mentor
28,808
3,309
It doesn't make sense. First of all - no such things as SiO4. Shouldn't it be SiO42-?

Then - there is no such thing as separate configurations of atoms in a molecule. In ionic compounds you can write electron configuration of ions, but bonds in SiO42- are not ionic.

Sorry, I have no idea what your prof is asking for.
 

Related Threads on Electron Configuration

  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
9
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
6K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
52K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
14K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
16K
Top