I looked through the questions already asked about this topic and they were very specific and over my head. I'm having trouble with the basics.
When drawing orbital diagrams I know electrons are placed in the 2p boxes singly first then paired because of they have parallel rotations and the Pauli exclusion principle states that an orbital can only house 2 electrons and those electrons must be of opposite spin. My question is why do electrons behave this way in the 2p orbital but not the 1s or 2s? And why does the p subshell contain three 2p orbitals?
As far as electron configurations and orbital diagrams are concerned I've gotten to Ne and the 2p configuration confused me so I though I'd ask before moving on.