What is the difference between orbits,orbitals and subshells ?

Asked by  | 9th Jul, 2008, 08:45: PM

Expert Answer:

The Principal quantum number give the no. of shells present in an atom,and name of shell.

For eg,  if n=2, the shellis

THe azimuthal Q no. gives about the information of no of subshells.


For eg, if n=2, no of subshells = 0 to (n-1)


                    so,no of subshells are 2.which is s and p.because is l=0 subshell is s.and for l=1,subshellis p.

Answered by  | 10th Jul, 2008, 09:37: AM

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