An illustration of the shape of the 2p orbitals

The p sub shell can hold a maximum of six electrons as there are three orbitals within this sub shell. The three p orbitals are at right angles to each other and have a lobed shape. The size of the p orbitals also increases as the energy level or shell increases.

3 p orbitals




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