# What element has six valence electrons in each of its atoms in the ground state?

Jun 17, 2018

Well, it depends...

#### Explanation:

If you are talking about elements with a neutral charge, i.e. just usual elements and not ions whatsoever, then we have five elements who match the criteria. They are oxygen $\left(O\right)$, sulfur $\left(S\right)$, selenium $\left(S e\right)$, tellurium $\left(T e\right)$, and polonium $\left(P o\right)$. Note that the synthetic element livermorium (element number $116$) is also predicted to have six valence electrons, but it's not proven yet.

These elements all belong in group $16$ or the chalcogens group.