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im getting confused by what exactly it means if an electron is in a higher energy orbital.
so if an electron is in an energy shell further from the nucleus, is it in higher energy or lower energy shell? Also, is there any relationship between this and the fact that when an electron moves from a high energy shell to a lower energy shell of atom EM waves will be emitted?

sorry im just really confused by all of this
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The electrons of higher energy orbital is just in relation to how far it is from nucleus and despite the nucleus causing attraction, the electron itself is 'high up' you can say and has more energy based on this. However, it's attraction to the nucleus is something else and this would mean if it's further, it would be easily lost if it was to react with another element because it is has lower attraction to the nucleus.
Not quite sure on the EM waves bit as it's been some time but hopefully I've been a bit helpful
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