# Question #eb0d3

The elements that have five valence electrons are in group 15/VA, which is the nitrogen family. The valence shell electron configuration is $\text{ns"^2"np"^3}$, where $\text{n}$ is the highest energy level, and corresponds to the period (row) number. The element phosphorus, P, is in period 3 and group 15/VA and has a valence shell electron configuration of $\text{3s"^2"3p"^3}$ for a total of five valence electrons.