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

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Jun 17, 2018

Answer:

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 #(O)#, sulfur #(S)#, selenium #(Se)#, tellurium #(Te)#, and polonium #(Po)#. 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.