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### D orbital

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:16 pm
What is the maximum number of electrons can an element with a d-orbital hold, since they can hold more than 8
Like Cl, and P

### Re: D orbital

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:21 pm
d orbitals can hold up to 10 electrons.

### Re: D orbital

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:03 pm
The way this can be calculated is that d-orbitals exist in n=3 or above, which means that l=2 (so there are s, p, and d orbitals). When l equals 2, ml can equal -2, -1, 0, 1, or 2 (5 orbitals). In each of these orbitals there can be a maximum of 2 electrons, where one of the electrons has an up spin and the other has a downward spin ( a spin pair). So, if you have 5 orbitals where each orbital can have 2 electrons, you get 2*5= 10 electrons

### Re: D orbital

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:15 pm
The d orbital can hold 10 electrons because it has 5 orbitals

### Re: D orbital

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:38 pm
Since d-orbitals have 5 orbitals, they can hold 10 electrons as each orbital can have a spin up and spin down pair. This means that, with the d-orbital in play, there can be up to 18 valence electrons as s-orbitals can have 2 electrons and p-orbitals can have 6 electrons.