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Electron orbital types?

  1. Oct 11, 2012 #1
    Hi,

    I understand that there are various types of orbitals (s, p, d, f, etc.) If we take Lithium for example, its electron configuration would be 1s2, 2s1. What would be the requirements for there to be a p-orbital? Does it have to do with the number of electrons?

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  3. Oct 11, 2012 #2

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    Yes. For you start populating a p orbital for lithium you need to add at least two additional electrons to make Li-2 when all it really wants to do is just lose one. Very difficult to do but perhaps not impossible.
     
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