The orbital diagram of potassium shows that the 1s subshell has 2 electrons, the 2s subshell has 2 electrons, the 2p subshell has 6 electrons, the 3s subshell has 2 electrons, the 3p subshell has 6 electrons, and the 4s subshell has 1 electron.

## Steps

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

#1 Find electrons of potassium

#2 Write electron configuration of potassium

#3 Draw orbital diagram of potassium

Let’s break down each step in detail.

### Find electrons

The atomic number of potassium represents the total number of electrons of potassium. Since the atomic number of potassium is 19, the total electrons of potassium are 19.

### Write electron configuration

The electron configuration of potassium is 1s^{2} 2s^{2} 2p^{6} 3s^{2} 3p^{6} 4s^{1}.

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

### 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 potassium is 1s^{2} 2s^{2} 2p^{6} 3s^{2} 3p^{6} 4s^{1}. Hence, draw the blank orbital diagram of potassium up to 4s 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^{6} indicates that the 2p subshell has 6 electrons. So draw six arrows in the 2p box showing six electrons as follows:

3s^{2} indicates that the 3s subshell has 2 electrons. So draw two arrows in the 3s box showing two electrons as follows:

3p^{6} indicates that the 3p subshell has 6 electrons. So draw six arrows in the 3p box showing six electrons as follows:

4s^{1} indicates that the 4s subshell has 1 electron. So draw one arrow in the 4s box showing one electron as follows:

That’s it! This is the final orbital diagram of potassium as we have used all 19 electrons.

**Next:** Calcium orbital diagram

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- https://socratic.org/questions/what-is-the-electron-configuration-orbital-diagram-and-noble-gas-notation-of-pot
- https://study.com/academy/answer/a-write-an-orbital-diagram-for-the-ground-state-of-potassium-atom-b-is-the-atomic-substance-diamagnetic-or-paramagnetic.html
- https://www.chegg.com/homework-help/questions-and-answers/draw-orbital-energy-diagram-k-potassium–represent-electrons-arrows-spin–core-valence-ele-q58378301

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