Oxygen - Research Article from Chemical Elements

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 11 pages of information about Oxygen.
This section contains 3,291 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Oxygen Encyclopedia Article

Symbol

O

Atomic Number

8

Atomic Mass

15.9994

Family

Group 16 (Via) Chalcogen Pronunciation

OK-si-jun

Overview

Oxygen is the first element in Group 16 (VIA) of the periodic table. The periodic table is a chart that shows how chemical elements are related to each other. The elements in Group 16 are said to belong to the chalcogen family. Other elements in this group include sulfur, selenium, tellurium, and polonium. The name chalcogen comes from the Greek word chatkos, meaning "ore." The first two members of the family, oxygen and sulfur, are found in most ores.

Oxygen is by far the most abundant element in the Earth's crust. Nearly half of all the atoms in the earth are oxygen atoms. Oxygen also makes up about one-fifth of the Earth's atmosphere. Nearly 90 percent of the weight of the oceans is due to oxygen. In addition, oxygen is thought to be the third most abundant element...

(read more)

This section contains 3,291 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Oxygen Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
UXL
Oxygen from UXL. ©2005-2006 by U•X•L. U•X•L is an imprint of Thomson Gale, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook