Wed February 13, 2013 By: Gaurav Gaur

differentiate between orbitals and subshell?

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Thu February 14, 2013
In 3d5 orbital is 3 rd, i.e. M and subshell is d, i.e. 2. 
In 2p6, orbital is 2, i.e. L and subshell is p, i.e. 1.
Electrons revolve around the nucleus in electronic shells: K, L, M, N, O, P, Q

Each electronic shell consists of some sub-shells:
K contains only one sub-shell: s 
L contains: s & p
M contains: s, p & d
N, O, P & Q contain: s, p, d & f
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