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What is the other name of the oxygen family?


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Oxygen family:

  • The elements present in the Group 16 of the periodic table starting from oxygen are known as the oxygen family.
  • Group 16 includes these elements: Oxygen(S), Sulphur(S), Selenium(Se), Tellurium(Te), and Polonium(Po).
  • The general electronic configuration for group 16 is ns2np6

Another name of the oxygen family:

  • The other name of the oxygen family is chalcogens because most of the elements are found in the copper ore.
  • In Greek, chalco's means ore former.

Hence, the oxygen family is also known as chalcogens.


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