Example Question #1 : Electron Configuration
Which of the following has the electron configuration of ?
The task is to find the atom or ion with its first three energy levels completely filled. Argon is not an answer choice, which means that it must be one of the ions with an atomic number close to argon's atomic number. Recalling that a positive charge means electrons were lost from the outermost shell and that a negative charge means electrons were gained in the outermost shell, the only answer that works is .