Mon July 02, 2012 By: Shivani Sharma

what is the difference betwwen orbit,orbital and shell..

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Tue July 03, 2012
Each shell is subdivided into subshells, which are made up of orbitals. Shells are areas that surround the center of an atom. Each of those shells has a name (K, L, M...). 
Each orbital in a shell has a characteristic shape, and is named by a letter. They are: s, p, d, and f. In a one-electron atom (e.g. H, He+, Li+, etc.) the energy of each orbital within a particular shell is identical. 
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