Problem: What does each box in an orbital diagram represent?

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We’re asked to identify what each box in an orbital diagram represents.


Recall that in an orbital diagram, boxes with arrow/(s) are used to represent the electrons in an atom.


There are 4 kinds of atomic orbitals, the s,p,d and f orbital: 

s–subshell can hold a maximum of 2 electrons

p–subshell can hold a maximum of 6 electrons

d–subshell can hold a maximum of 10 electrons

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What does each box in an orbital diagram represent?

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