The relationship between the Periodic Table and electron configuration

You will be using your "thinking skills" to discover the relationship between an atom's electron configuration and its location in the Periodic Table.  Work in groups, where one student is at this webpage / writes your group's answer, while the other students examines figure 11.31 & 11.34 in your Zumdahl textbook.  

questions  [14 points]

1.  The Periodic Table is divided into 4 sections:  s-, d-, p-, and f- blocks.  Examining the electron configuration (i.e. the valence electrons), rationalize the basis of dividing the Periodic Table in this manner.

2.  In a specific column in the s-block, how are the atom's electron configuration (of its valence electrons) similar ?  how are they different ? 

3.  For atoms in the s-block, what is the relationship between the row that an atom is located in the Periodic Table and the electron shell of its valence electrons ?

class discussion

4.  In a specific column in the p-block, how are the atom's electron configuration of its valence electrons similar ?  how are they different ?  [hint:  see question 2]  

5.  For atoms in the p-block, what is the relationship between the row that an atom is located in the Periodic Table and its electron configuration of its valence electrons ?  [see question 3]

class discussion

6.  Describe any pattern / relationship in the d-block and f-block with respect to its location in the Periodic Table and its electron configuration.  [hint:  see preceding questions]

7.  Based on the above information, referring only to your periodic table, write the electron configuration for Si, As, Sn, and Pb