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

Problem

What does each box in an orbital diagram represent?

Solution

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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