# What is the maximum number of p orbitals that can be present in an energy level?

The $p$ orbitals line up orthogonally to each other in a dumbbell shape. In three dimensions, there are $3$ orbitals possible: ${p}_{x}$, ${p}_{y}$, ${p}_{z}$.
Each of the $p$ orbitals can hold 2 electrons: one with a $+ \frac{1}{2}$ spin and one with a $- \frac{1}{2}$ spin. There are three $p$ orbitals that hold up to six electrons in each energy level.