How many atomic orbitals does carbon access?

1 Answer

Answer:

#5#

Explanation:

Electronic configuration of carbon (#""_6"C"#) is

#"1s"^2\ "2s"^2\ "2p"^2#

There are

  • Two s-orbitals (#"1s", "2s"#)

  • Two incompletely filled p-orbitals (#"2p"_(-1), "2p"_(+1)#)

  • One vacant p-orbital (#"2p"_(0)#)

In total carbon has #5# atomic orbitals.