Problem: What is the maximum number of d orbitals that are possible in a given level?A) 1B) 3C) 5D) 7

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We are being asked to determine the maximum number of d orbitals that are possible in a given level


Recall that the quantum numbers that define an electron are:


• Principal Quantum Number(n): deals with the size and energy of the atomic orbital

The possible values for n are 1 to ∞.

• Angular Momentum Quantum Number (l): deals with the shape of the atomic orbital

The possible values for l are 0 to (n – 1).

• Magnetic Quantum Number (ml): deals with the orientation of the atomic orbital in 3D space. 

The possible values for ml is the range of l: –l to +l.


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What is the maximum number of d orbitals that are possible in a given level?

A) 1

B) 3

C) 5

D) 7

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