Just had a lecture there where the lecturer was doing revision on electronic configuration.

He stated that the electronic configuration of $$\ce{In^3+=[Kr] 5s^2 3p^1}$$

He didn't include the $\ce{4d^10}$ orbital. He said it doesn't matter and if we write the full E.C out it's incorrect. It basically goes against everything we studied in 1st year general chemistry. Also I believe he didn't take into account the fact that $\ce{In^3+}$ has $46 \, e^-$ not $49 \, e^-$.

Should the electronic configuration not be $$\ce{[Kr] 5s^0 4d^10 3p^0}= \ce{[Kr] 4d^10}$$

Can someone shed some light on whether he is right.


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Yup, it's $[\ce{Kr}]4d^{10}$. Post-transition ($p$-block) elements rarely if ever ionize or even covalently bond their $d$ subshell electrons. Although we use the bracketed core designation only for noble gas cores, by the time we get to Group 12 or 13 the $d$ electrons are also effectively part of the core.

  • $\begingroup$ for example $\ce{Se^2-}$ would be $\ce{[Kr]}$? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 13:01
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    $\begingroup$ You could do that, although usually when writing electron configurations we go to the next lower noble gas, thus $[\ce{Ar}]3d^{10}4s^24p^6$. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 13:04

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