# How many electrons occupy P orbitals in a chlorine atom?

##### 1 Answer

#### Explanation:

Your tool of choice here will be chlorine's electron configuration.

*Chlorine*, *neutral* chlorine atom will have a total of

Chlorine's electron configuration looks like this

#"Cl: " 1s^2 2s^2 2p^color(red)(6) 3s^2 3p^color(green)(5)#

Now, notice that the first energy level doesn't not contain a p-subshell, and implicitly any p-orbitals.

The second energy level, on the other hand, contains two subshells, the **2s-subshell**, which contains **2p-subshell**, which contains **three 2p-orbitals** and a total of *per orbital*.

Finally, the third energy level contains two *occupied* subshells, the **3s-subshell**, which once again contains **3p-subshell**, which contains

Therefore, the number of electrons you get in p-orbitals will be equal to

6 electronsin the 2p-subshell5 electronsin the 3p-subshell