# How many valence electrons does S have?

Oct 31, 2016

#### Explanation:

Sulfur is in the sixteenth column of the periodic table, and it has a 2- charge. Therefore it will have $8 - 2$ electrons in the outer, or valence shell.

$\therefore$ Sulfur has 6 valence electrons.

All the members of the same family (column) on the periodic table will have the same number of valence electrons. Columns are also commonly called groups. This video discusses how to determine the number of valence electrons for elements and how to draw Lewis structures.

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