How do you draw the electron configuration diagram for hydrogen?

1 Answer
Jul 17, 2016

Hydrogen in its neutral state would have the electron configuration of #1s^1#


If you look at your periodic table, the elements are arranged in a way that makes it easier to identify the energy levels and orbitals that their electrons will occupy.

Hydrogen has 1 electron and it occupies the lowest energy level of 1. The orbital s can occupy 2 electrons but since Hydrogen is not participating in any bonding, the s only has 1 electron in its orbital.