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Question is from chapter 5 of OCR A level chemistry Oxford textbook (page 68)

F - answer parts below with a number:
(ii) - the number of electrons occupying p-orbitals in a germanium atom.

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2 electrons. One orbital can only ever hold 2 electrons, but subshells are made up of multiple orbitals so for example we say that a p-subshell can hold 6 electrons, because it’s made up from 3 orbitals that each hold two electrons
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My mistake I misread the question, I’m assuming that when you write the electron configuration you get a total of 7 p orbitals, each containing 2 electrons?
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Okay so you have 6 electrons in both 2p6 and 3p6, making 12 electrons. Then you have two electrons in 4p2 giving 14 altogether. I’m really sorry I got a bit confused before without having the electron configuration in front of me! Hope this helps now!
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