# Help: Question about Orbitals and Quantum numbers - Thanks

1. May 24, 2012

### nukeman

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Assume that you travel through space to a strange universe where the allowable
values for the quantum numbers are quite different from those in our own universe.
In this new universe, s orbitals may contain a total of 2 electrons, p orbitals may
contain a total of 4 electrons, and d orbitals may contain a total of 6 electrons (as
opposed to our 2, 6, and 10, respectively). The other rules of electron configuration in
this new universe are the same as in our own universe. Answer the following about
elements in this new universe.

*How many orbitals would there be in each of the s, p, and d levels?

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I don't understand how to do this.

So, in our universe, s has 2 electrons, p has 6 electrons and d has 10 electrons.

But how do I find the number of orbitals of each?

Thanks for any advice or help!

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3. The attempt at a solution

2. May 24, 2012

### nukeman

Anyone ?

:)

3. May 24, 2012

### nukeman

Is this correct?

If in the new universe, s orbitals may contain a total of 2 electrons, p orbitals may
contain a total of 4 electrons, and d orbitals may contain a total of 6 electrons

so would s have 1 orbital, p have 2 orbitals and d have 3 orbitals?

I am really not getting this :(

4. May 25, 2012