What is the maximum number of electrons in an 3p subshell?

Jul 6, 2017

6!

Explanation:

For two salient reasons:

1. The 3p subshell has three sets of lobes that carry two electrons each.
2. By the Pauli exclusion principle, no two electrons within an atom may have the same $n , l , {m}_{l}$, or ${m}_{s}$. That's a fancy way of saying no more than two electrons may inhabit the same orbital.