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Which of the following element will have a half filled p-orbital?
  1. Hydrogen
  2. Carbon 
  3. Phosphorous
  4. Neon


Solution

The correct option is C Phosphorous
Capacity of p-orbitals is of 6 electrons total, so half filled p-orbital means 3 electrons in it. 

Phosphorus:1s22s22p63s23p3
Neon:1s22s22p6
Hydrogen:1s1
Carbon:1s22s22p2

Here, phosphorus has 3 electrons in its 3p orbital.

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