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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:59 pm
are orbitals the same thing as the amount of electrons in a sub shell?
Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:04 pm
A subshell is made up of orbitals, which contain electrons. For example, the p subshell contains three p orbitals, all of which can contain two electrons. The total subshell can hold six electrons, two in each orbital.
Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:59 pm
Basically, yes it is. There can only be two electrons in an orbital, and some subshells like d can contain more orbitals (so basically more electrons) than other subshells like p. D has five orbitals, or 10 electrons.
Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:40 pm
Just a quick note s subshell can hold 1 orbital(2 electrons), p subshell 3 orbitals(6 e), d subshell 5orbitals (10e),f subshell 7 orbitals(14 e).
Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:23 pm
basically, the number of electrons in a subshell can be up to twice the number of orbitals in that subshell, since 2 electrons can fit in 1 orbital.
Re: orbitals [ENDORSED]
Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:41 pm
Sub shells refer to the angular momentum quantum number. Some examples include s, p, d, f... Orbitals, on the other hand, refer to the magnetic quantum number. The number of electrons in a subshell is equal to the number of electrons in all the orbitals. But each orbital can only have a max of 2 electrons. In that way, they are different.