# What is the electron configuration of nitrogen?

Jun 21, 2016

The full electron configuration for nitrogen is ${\text{1s"^ 2"2s"^2"2p}}^{3}$.

The noble gas shorthand electron configuration is ["He"]"2s"^2"2p"^3".

#### Explanation:

The atomic number of nitrogen is 7. This is the number of protons in the nuclei of nitrogen atoms. A neutral atom has the same number of electrons as protons. So the electron configuration will include 7 electrons placed into the appropriate s and p orbitals in the ground state (state of lowest energy).

The full electron configuration for nitrogen is ${\text{1s"^ 2"2s"^2"2p}}^{3}$.

The noble gas shorthand electron configuration is ["He"]"2s"^2"2p"^3".