How many valence electrons does #O# have?

1 Answer
Oct 30, 2016

Answer:

Oxygen has six valence electrons, along with the other elements in group 16.

Explanation:

This means that it's outer energy level contains six valence electrons. To find valence electrons using the periodic table, look at the group/family (column) number. If it is in group 1 or 2, the group number is the number of valence electrons. If it is in group 13-16, subtract 10. If it is in the middle section (transition metals, Lanthanoids, or Actinoids), the rules are not so clear-cut. Luckily Oxygen (#O#) is in group 16, so it has 6 valence electrons.