In my chemistry text book it says that the electron shell, represented by a value n>= 1, refers to the distance of the electron from the nucleus. It also says that the subshell (represented by L) refers to the shape of the electron cloud. The p subshell is shaped like a peanut or figure eight. My understanding of the subshell brings me to say that the center of the p-orbital (the intersection of the figure eight) is basically at the nucleus. So the electron could be anywhere in that peanut shaped distrubution. This means that the electron could be at the farthest point (from the nucleus) in the p-subshell, or extremely close to the nucleus (near the intersection of the figure-eight), or anywhere inbetween. Doesn't this go against the value n for the electron shell, which is supposed to represent the distance from the nucleus. Rephrased, if the subshell allows the electron to exist over a range of distances from the nucleus what relavance does the value n (distance from the nucleus) have if the electron is not limited to that distance? Am I misunderstanding some concepts? Thanks.