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For lighter elements, the shells fill in order. Starting at the transition metals, an outer s orbital may fill before an inner d orbital, so the electron configuration of unioninzed cobalt is written $\ce{[Ar]}4\mathrm s^1\,3\mathrm d^7$, rather than $\ce{[Ar]}3\mathrm d^7\,4\mathrm s^1$. There is a video diagramming the electron configuration of $\ce{Co}$, \$...