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Subshells in essence represent the unique "type" or "shape" of the orbitals. For example, the "s" subshell has a relatively spherical shape because the electron probability density as seen through the Schrodinger equation dictates relatively equal density, whereas the "p" subshell has greater electron density at opposite ends or nodes. In addition, I believe the orbital angular momentum number corresponds to distinct shapes of orbitals or the various sub shells. The Px, Py, and Pz orbitals are of the "p subshell" shape and are aligned perpendicularly to each other.
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