# What electrically neutral atom will have an electron configuration of 1s^2 2s^2 2p^4?

Oxygen's atomic number is 8, meaning that it has 8 protons in the nuclei of its atoms. In a neutral oxygen atom, there are also 8 electrons. The electron configuration $\text{1s"^2"2s"^2"2p"^4}$ has a total of 8 electrons. Since it was indicated that this is the electron configuration of a neutral atom, it must be oxygen.