Answer: Carbon has a total of 5 orbitals.
Explanation: Orbitals are regions within an electron shell where electrons are most likely to be found. Carbon (C), with an electron configuration of 1s2 2s2 2p2, has a total of 3 orbitals:
- 1 orbital in the 1s subshell
- 1 orbital in the 2s subshell
- 3 orbitals in the 2p subshell
But the 2p subshell has only one electron each in the 2px and 2py orbitals. Carbon has no electrons in its 2pz orbital. The p orbitals come in three orientations: 2px, 2py, and 2pz.