How many electrons are unpaired in the orbitals of nitrogen?
Nitrogen atom has total
Nitrogen can bond three times with other electrons to fill up it's shell with 8, (8-5=3). And these are those
Thus, the total no. of unpaired electrons in Nitrogen atom is
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From the Periodic Table or other description of the electron shells of nitrogen we see that its configuration is
That means that it has only 3 electrons in the 2p orbitals. Per Hund's Rule, they will not become paired until each available orbital has one electron in it. Thus, nitrogen contains 3 unpaired electrons - one in each of the available p orbitals.