Posted by Jordan on .
Suppose you live in a different universe where different amount of quantum numbers is required to describe the atomic orbitals. These quantum numbers have the following rules:
N principal 1,2,3,….
L orbital =N
M magnetic 1. 0. +1
How many orbitals are there all together in the first electron shell?
I know that the number of orbitals in a subshell is 2L + 1, but, Im stuck after that.
Is a subshell the same as the orbitals in the first electron shell? Please explain if possible!
Thanks!

chemistry 
DrBob222,
There is nothing in the problem that says the number of orbitals is 2L+1 is there? And since this is in another world I don't know that we can assume that is the number of orbitals. The way I see it is if L = N, then we have L=1 with subshells of 1, 0, and +1 which makes three orbitals, which, by the way, does agree with the 2L+1 idea.