# How do you write the orbital diagram for sulfur?

Aug 21, 2017

Well, we use the $\text{aufbau principle}$, and for sulfur, $Z = 16$....

#### Explanation:

And thus.....$1 {s}^{2} 2 {s}^{2} 2 {p}^{6} 3 {s}^{2} 3 {p}^{4}$; this distributes the 16 electrons appropriately. Given this configuration, sulfur commonly forms sulphide anion, i.e. ${S}^{2 -}$. Can you give the electronic description for ${S}^{2 -}$. What other element shares this configuration?