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If a shell can hold a maximum of 32 electrons, what is the value of n?

Zach Chandler

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Justin Parker on June 29, 2018

In my text book it says that the maximum number of electrons that can fit in any shell is given by 2n2. That would mean 2 electrons could fit in the first shell, 8 could fit in the second shell, 18 in the third shell, and 32 in the fourth shell. However, I have been taught that the maximum number of electrons in the first orbit is 2, 8 in the second orbit, 8 in the third shell, 18 in the fourth orbit, 18 in the fifth orbit, 32 in the sixth orbit. I'm pretty sure that the orbits of the and the shells are the same thing.

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