Answers to Chapter 11 Study Questions


1. Wavelength is inversely proportional to frequency. Energy is proportional to frequency.


2. The new idea in Bohr's model was that electrons can only exist in specific energy states. Bohr's model included an electron orbiting the nucleus as a planet does the sun; according to the quantum mechanical model, we can only define the probability of finding an electron at a given location. When electrons drop from higher energy levels to lower ones, they give off energy in the form of light. The color of light emitted depends on the energy difference between the levels. The greater the energy difference, the shorter the wavelength of light, the more violet the color.


3. The electron configurations of all Group 1 metals end with a single s electron. When these metals lose this s electron, they acquire noble gas electron configurations which end in completed energy levels. They have a strong tendency, therefore, to lose their final single s electrons. This makes them extremely reactive and the metals with the greatest tendency to lose electrons. Group 17 elements need only 1 p electron to complete their outermost energy levels. They have a strong tendency to gain an electron and thus are the most reactive nonmetals. The energy levels of noble gases are all full so these elements have no need to gain or lose electrons and therefore don't react with anything.


4. a) 2n2, where n = Principal Energy level

b) s = 2 e-, p = 6 e-, d = 10 e-, f = 14 e-

c) 2 e-


5. Does not exist: c) 2d; Increasing energy: 1s < 2s < 3d < 4p < 4f


6. a) s b) d c) p d) f


7. a) ns1 b) ns2np5 c) ns2np6


8. a) ground state b) impossible c) excited d) excited


9. a) 1s22s22p63s23p4 b) 1s22s22p63s23p64s23d9


10. a) [36Kr] 5s2 b) [54Xe] 6s24f145d106p2


11. a) Ba (Period 6, Group 2)

b) He (1s2)

c) As (4s24p3 = Period 4, Group 15)

d) C (2s22p2 = Period 2, Group 14)

e) Cl (Period 3, Group 17)

f) Mn (3d5 = 5th transition metal where 3d is being filled) and also Cr (which is 4s13d5)


12. s: p:



As n increases, the size of an orbital increases since the probability of finding an electron farther from the nucleus increases.


13. a) O: () () ()( )( )

1s 2s 2p

b) Ti: () () ()()() () ()()() () ( )( )( )( )( )

1s 2s 2p 3s 3p 4s 3d


14. Chemical properties are shared within a Group but not within a Period. Group number is a good predictor of chemical properties; Period number is not.


15. a) Ar; Na b) Ca; S