How many orbitals are in the 4p subshell?

1 Answer
Oct 31, 2015

Answer:

three (#p_x#, #p_y#, and #p_z#)

http://www.chemtube3d.com/A%20Level%20orbitals-p.htm

Explanation:

It does not matter if your energy level (that is, the coefficient/number before the spdf orbital) goes as high as 7 (which is, by far, the maximum), the number of suborbitals in #p# is always three: the #p_x#, #p_y#, and #p_z#, each of which needs a maximum of two electrons of opposite spins as per the Aufbau, Hund's and Pauli exclusion principles.

Take a look at the illustration below. The number of orbitals for p did not change regardless if its #2p# or #3p#.

http://www.chemprofessor.com/quantum.htm