I'm having some trouble understanding a type of question about electrons in an element. I'm simply reviewing topics from last semester because out final this semester is a cumulative of last semester and this semester (who signed me up for this?). I understand a question such as the following: What is the maximum # of electrons that can have the following sets of quantum #s? And then she'll name of n=2 , l= 1 etc etc...I understand those. The question I'm getting confused on is:
1. How many total electrons does Bi contain having n=4?
2. How many total e- does P contrail having n=3, l=1?
And there are many more of the same type.
For question 1 all I thought I'd have to do is 2n^2, 32 e-, which is correct.
#2 ml= -1, 0, 1...3 possibilities of ml, 2 posibilies of ms each makes 6 electrons...However the answer is 3...
Can someone explain this to me please