The orbital diagram of carbon shows that the 1s subshell has 2 electrons, the 2s subshell has 2 electrons, and the 2p subshell has 2 electrons.

## Steps

Here’s how you can draw the orbital diagram of carbon step by step.

#1 Find electrons of carbon

#2 Write electron configuration of carbon

#3 Draw orbital diagram of carbon

Let’s break down each step in detail.

### Find electrons

The atomic number of carbon represents the total number of electrons of carbon. Since the atomic number of carbon is 6, the total electrons of carbon are 6.

### Write electron configuration

The electron configuration of carbon is 1s^{2} 2s^{2} 2p^{2}.

Now in the next step, start drawing the orbital diagram for carbon.

### Draw orbital diagram

Before drawing the orbital diagram, you should know the three general rules.

- Aufbau principle – electrons are first filled in lowest energy orbital and then in higher energy orbital
- Pauli exclusion principle – two electrons with the same spin can not occupy the same orbital
- Hund’s rule – each orbital should be first filled with one electron before being paired with a second electron

Also, you should know the number of orbitals in each subshell.

We can calculate the number of orbitals in each subshell using the formula: 2ℓ + 1

Where, ℓ = azimuthal quantum number of the subshell

For s subshell, ℓ = 0

For p subshell, ℓ = 1

For d subshell, ℓ = 2

For f subshell, ℓ = 3

So each s subshell has one orbital, each p subshell has three orbitals, each d subshell has five orbitals, and each f subshell has seven orbitals.

Now start to draw!

As mentioned above, the electron configuration of carbon is 1s^{2} 2s^{2} 2p^{2}. Hence, draw the blank orbital diagram of carbon up to 2p subshell as follows:

In the above orbital diagram, the box represents an orbital. Each orbital has a capacity of two electrons. And the arrows (↑↓) are drawn inside the box to represent electrons.

Now 1s^{2} indicates that the 1s subshell has 2 electrons. So draw two arrows in the 1s box showing two electrons as follows:

2s^{2} indicates that the 2s subshell has 2 electrons. So draw two arrows in the 2s box showing two electrons as follows:

2p^{2} indicates that the 2p subshell has 2 electrons. So draw two arrows in the 2p box showing two electrons as follows:

That’s it! This is the final orbital diagram of carbon as we have used all 6 electrons.

**Next:** Nitrogen orbital diagram

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