Why are the electronic configuration numbers the way they are? 2,8,18,32 ...so on- how were they determined?

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Feb 15, 2018

Answer:

Bohr's Model.

Explanation:

As Niels Bohr suggested that electrons will Fill up the shells according to the principal quantum number.

So, for K shell, the principal quantum number(#n#) is 1.

So, maximum electrons which can fill the cells are #2n^2# = #2(1)^2# = #2#.

For L shell, maximum electrons = #2(2)^2# = #8#

For M shell, maximum electrons = #2(3)^2# = #18#

For N shell, maximum electrons = #2(4)^2# = #32#

And So On.

But this doesn't mean that electrons will fill up from K to L.

It depends upon Azimuthal Quantum Number and Aufbau Principle.

Hope this helps.