Worksheet: Atomic Term Symbols

In this worksheet, we will practice using Hund's rules to produce term symbols for atoms, identifying ground states, and predicting favored transitions.


The electronic configuration of the neutral silicon atom is 1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p2. Determine the term symbol for the ground state.

  • A 1S0
  • B 1D2
  • C 1D0
  • D 3P0
  • E 3P2

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