orbital vs subshell  [ENDORSED]

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orbital vs subshell

Postby 704992521 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:24 am

What is the exact difference between an atomic orbital and a subshell?

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Re: orbital vs subshell

Postby Isabelle De Rego 1A » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:42 pm

If you're talking about in terms of quantum numbers, an orbital is quantum number n, which can be anything from 1 to infinity. A subshell depends on the orbital, because it can only be from 0 to n-1. You can think of orbitals as the different rows on the periodic table and subshells as the different spaces that the electrons are kept. Like when we were doing electron configurations, the electrons were in s,p,d, etc. Those letters are what the subshells signify.

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Re: orbital vs subshell

Postby Ismail 1F » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:09 pm

Orbitals are contained in subshells, they make up the number of electrons in an atom.

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Re: orbital vs subshell  [ENDORSED]

Postby Florence-1F » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:11 pm

Orbitals within a shell are divided into subshells that have the same value of the angular quantum number

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