What about larger atoms? Let's look at carbon, with an atomic number of 6. Where do its 6 electrons go?
- First two: 1s2
- Next two: 2s2
- Last two: 2p2
We can therefore say that carbon has the electron configuration of "[1s22s22p2]".
The table below shows the subshells, the number of orbitals, and the maximum number of electrons allowed:
|Subshell||Number of Orbitals||Maximum Number|
Sometimes you will see the notation: "[Ne]3s23p6", which means to include everything that is in neon (Ne, 10) plus the stuff in the "3"-level orbitals.