chem.

How many electrons can an orbital hold? I know the answer is 2, but how do you get there?

And how do you figure out how many 2p orbitals there are in an atom?

  1. 👍 0
  2. 👎 0
  3. 👁 55
  1. Electrons are paired in an orbital. One electron is +1/2 and the other electron is -1/2. There are only two ways that the electron can spin.
    The TOTAL number of p orbitals depends upon how many principle levels you have ; i.e., if n = 1, 2, 3, or what have you. For any n level, there are three p orbitals, each mutually perpendicular to each other in space. There is 1 s orbital, 3 p, 5 d, and 7 f. Each can hold two electrons; therefore, there may be 2 s electrons, 6 p electrons, 10 d electrons, or 14 f electrons. It may help if you look at a diagram but we can't draw diagrams on this board.

    1. 👍 0
    2. 👎 0
    posted by DrBob222

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. Chemistry *Urgent*

    The maximum number of electrons that can occupy ONE f orbital is: A. 14 B. 6 C. 2 D. 18 E. 10 Wrong Points Earned: 0/2 Your Response: A Seriously can't an f orbital hold 14 electrons?

    asked by Trevor on November 18, 2008
  2. Chemistry

    A single 4p orbital can hold how many electrons? i got 6 is that correct or no? Chemistry - Anonymous, Friday, September 10, 2010 at 2:52am "That is correct! px, py and pz (2 electrons in each) " since it's asking about a SINGLE

    asked by catherine on September 10, 2010
  3. chem

    answer the following questions assuming that m (subscript s) could have three values rather than two and the rules for n, l and m (subscript l) are the normal ones. 1. how many electrons would an orbital be able to hold? 2. how

    asked by mel on December 6, 2007
  4. Chemistry

    1) The letter "p" in the symbol 4p^3 indicates the ___. A) spin of an electron B) orbital shape*** C) principal energy level D) speed of an electron 2) If the spin of one electron in an orbital is clockwise, what is the spin of

    asked by Mary on October 10, 2016
  5. chemistry

    A single 4p orbital can hold how many electrons? i got 6 is that correct or no?

    asked by Jack on September 9, 2010
  6. chemistry

    Which of the answers choices best describes John Dalton's contribution to atomic theory? he discovered to nucleus he gave future scientist a foundation for understanding how electrons move. he gave future scientist a foundation

    asked by lydia on August 24, 2017
  7. chemistry

    what is the effect of electrons in a penetrating orbital on Z* (the effective nuclear charge) felt by electrons in a second orbital?

    asked by Kim on December 10, 2008
  8. physics

    (a) What is the total negative charge, in coulombs, of all the electrons in a small 1.00 g sphere of carbon? One mole of C is 12.0 g, and each atom contains 6 protons and 6 electrons. (b) Suppose you could take out all the

    asked by Jen on January 21, 2008
  9. physics

    (a) What is the total negative charge, in coulombs, of all the electrons in a small 1.00 g sphere of carbon? One mole of C is 12.0 g, and each atom contains 6 protons and 6 electrons. (b) Suppose you could take out all the

    asked by j on January 21, 2008
  10. chemistry

    Hello, I have a question regarding the valence electrons of transition metals. I am aware of quantum numbers etc and how the s orbital gets filled before the d orbital but my question is that is if was asked to lets say group some

    asked by Moi on December 12, 2010

More Similar Questions