# Which Is The Highest Energy Level?

## Does 2s and 2p have the same energy?

Notice that the 2s orbital has a slightly lower energy than the 2p orbitals.

That means that the 2s orbital will fill with electrons before the 2p orbitals.

All the 2p orbitals have exactly the same energy.

Hydrogen only has one electron and that will go into the orbital with the lowest energy – the 1s orbital..

## Why is 3rd shell 8 or 18?

The third shell of an atom has 18 electrons only not 8 electrons. You might be confused because first the electrons of 4s are filled and then the 10 electrons of 3d shells are filled. They are filled because of the n-l rule. … So after filling the 3s and 3p subshell with 8 electrons, the next shell to fill is the 4s one.

## Is 1s or 2s higher in energy?

An electron in a 1s orbital is of lower energy than one in a 2s orbital because it spends more of its time close to the atomic nucleus.

## What is the lowest energy level?

At the lowest energy level, the one closest to the atomic center, there is a single 1s orbital that can hold 2 electrons. At the next energy level, there are four orbitals; a 2s, 2p1, 2p2, and a 2p3. Each of these orbitals can hold 2 electrons, so a total of 8 electrons can be found at this level of energy.

## How do you determine the highest energy level?

For most elements in their ground state, the period number in which they are located corresponds to the highest energy level that contains electrons.

## Which Shell has least energy?

K shellThe lowest energy level (the K shell) can only be occupied by two electrons, the L shell by 8 and the M shell by 18. The K shell electrons are closest to the nucleus.

## Which has more energy 2s or 2p?

In atoms with more than one electron, 2s is lower in energy than 2p. An electron in a 2s orbital is less well shielded by the other electrons than an electron in a 2p orbital. (Equivalently, the 2s orbital is more penetrating.) The 2s electron experiences a higher nuclear charge and drops to lower energy.

## Which orbital is highest in energy?

4sIn all the chemistry of the transition elements, the 4s orbital behaves as the outermost, highest energy orbital. The reversed order of the 3d and 4s orbitals only seems to apply to building the atom up in the first place. In all other respects, the 4s electrons are always the electrons you need to think about first.

## What does highest energy level mean?

If an atom, ion, or molecule is at the lowest possible energy level, it and its electrons are said to be in the ground state. If it is at a higher energy level, it is said to be excited, or any electrons that have higher energy than the ground state are excited.

## Which electron has the highest energy?

Valence electronsValence electrons are the highest energy electrons in an atom and are therefore the most reactive.

## What does 1s 2s 2p mean?

The superscript is the number of electrons in the level. … The number in front of the energy level indicates relative energy. For example, 1s is lower energy than 2s, which in turn is lower energy than 2p. The number in front of the energy level also indicates its distance from the nucleus.

## Is 4s or 3d higher in energy?

The 3d orbitals have a slightly higher energy than the 4s orbitals. So because the 4s orbitals has the lower energy, it gets filled first. When 3d orbitals are filled, 4s is no longer lower in energy.

## Why is 4d higher than 5s?

In the Hydrogen atom, 4d orbital has a lower energy than the 5s orbital. This is because when you have only a charged nuclear core and a single electron, the energy of orbitals depends only on the principal quantum number n. … 5s orbital is thus filled before 4d orbitals.