Shape of p-orbitals in 3D

3 p orbitals
3 p orbitals

Probability distribution of an electron in 2p orbitals – slice

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.

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