How can the atomic number be determined from an electron configuration?
Atomic number is the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom.
In atoms (not ions) the number of protons is the same as the number of electrons.
Therefore, simply by counting the number of electrons you see in the configuration, you can determine the atomic number.
If you are given an electron configuration with an ionic charge (e.g.
For example, if there are 10 electrons present, and the charge is