# orbital question

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1. ### arpitpatel86

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the second sherll of electrons contains * at maximum
a. total of two electrons
b. total of eight electrons.
c. two orbitals
.d. four orbitals
e. both b and d

ok so i see hwo they got the answer to be E... S has one orbital and P has three orbitals so this equals 8 electrons

but when they say second shell are they referring to P which only contains 6 electrons and 3 orbitals or what are they referring to.......what type of question would it have to be for the answer to be ONLY 6 ELECTRONS AND 3 ORBITALS

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l=1 has how many orbitals and how many electrons can it carry?

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"How many orbitals and how many electrons can you find in any given filled p sublevel?"

the answer is 3 orbitals (Px, Py, Pz) and 6 electrons (2 electrons per orbital).

Remember, the electron is a wave. You have to think about it more abstractly. They aren't little balls rattling around in a cage; they are waves of energy that hold together matter as we know it. It's a phenomenon.

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but when they say how many electrons can fill the 2nd subshell isnt that the P orbital? so why was the original answer 8 electrons instead of 6?

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i think this is for N=2 ... therefore you have l=1 and 0.. that gives you 4 total orbitals and 8 electrons

they are referring to the principal quantum number.. for the answer to be 6 electrons and 3 orbitals they would specify the P subshell or azimuthal quantum number

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the question refers to second shell not subshell

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what is the difference b/w shell and subshell?

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The way I think about it is, when they say shell think electron configuration. When they say subshell think quantum numbers N,L,Ml,and Ms.

Also correct me if I am wrong but if they ask for shell, you should also include the subshell info too, like the original question. But if they ask for the subshell then you must only use the quantum numbers?

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shells are what you see on the periodic table (the rows/ periods)

subshells are s,p,d,f....

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