Excited State in Chemistry: Definition & Overview


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Electrons can be found in specific locations known as _____.

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1. When an electron releases energy to fall back to its original ground state, it _____ light.

2. Electrons in the energy level or orbital that is furthest from the nucleus of an atom are known as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the excited state in chemistry that electrons can have. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the specific location in which electrons can be found as well as what happens when an electron releases its energy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to see what you know about:

  • The specific location in which electrons are found
  • What happens when electrons release energy
  • The orbital of electrons farthest away from the nucleus of an atom
  • The cause of an excited state of an electron

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as energy shells and valence electrons
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the excited state in chemistry
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the excited state in chemistry and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the excited state, including its cause and function

Additional Learning

To learn more about what happens to electrons orbiting atoms when they receive or release energy, review the corresponding lesson on the Excited State in Chemistry. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what exactly ground state is
  • Identify where electrons are found and which ones are the greatest distance from the nucleus of the atom
  • Know what happens when electrons release energy
  • Appreciate what causes of an electron to enter an excited state
  • Understand the essential meaning of an emission