why the elements of 16th group is called chalcogens?

Asked by pallavi priya | 24th May, 2011, 03:53: PM

Expert Answer:

The word "chalcogen" is taken from Greek words being "copper-former," the meaning is more in line with "copper-ore former" or more generally, "ore-former." These electronegative elements are strongly associated with metal-bearing minerals, where they have formed water-insoluble compounds with the metals in the ores.

Answered by  | 24th May, 2011, 03:16: PM

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