What is the electron configuration of palladium?
The atomic number of Palladium is
You can write the electron configuration using the Aufbau principle triangle:
However, the experiment has shown that the electron configuration of Palladium is:
The answer is more complicated than a student at the AP chemistry level would understand, I will just give couple of reasons that will simplify the question:
#d#orbitals are more stable than partially filled ones.
- At higher energy levels, the levels are said to be degenerated which means that they have very close energies and then electrons can jump from one orbital to another easily.