why the group 16 is known as chalcogens?

Asked by prema chauhan | 16th May, 2012, 08:53: PM

Expert Answer:

Although the word "chalcogen" is literally 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  | 16th May, 2012, 11:55: PM

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