The group 16 elements are also known as______


The group 16 elements are also known as chalcogens.


The group 16 elements are collectively known as chalcogens or ore-forming elements. Many metals in this group occur as sulphide or oxide ores. The group 16 elements of modern periodic table consist of 5 elements oxygen, sulphur, selenium, tellurium and polonium. This group is also known as the oxygen family.

Electronic configurations of the chalcogens

The electronic configurations of the chalcogens are tabulated below.

Chalcogen Electron Configuration
Oxygen (O) [He]2s22p4
Sulfur (S) [Ne]3s23p4
Selenium (Se) [Ar]3d104s24p4
Tellurium (Te) [Kr]4d105s25p4
Polonium (Po) [Xe]4f145d106s26p4

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