# How many electrons can a d orbital have?

Jul 2, 2018

$2$..., unless you are looking for something else.

#### Explanation:

Any orbital can hold a maximum of $2$ electrons, wherever it is located. The $d$ subshell however, contains $5$ orbitals, and so the subshell can hold a total of $2 \cdot 5 = 10$ electrons.

Jul 2, 2018

A d subshell can hold 10 electrons total, but each orbital only holds 2.

#### Explanation:

The d subshell actually contains five orbitals, each holding 2 electrons.

Thus, the total electrons the d subshell can hold is $2 \cdot 5 = 10$