Do You Know What Group These Elements Belong to in the Periodic Table?


By: Tasha Moore

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About This Quiz

The chemical elements covered here are tricky. You have been warned! This quick chemistry quiz is all about matching periodic table elements with their proper groups. The touchy stuff involves deciphering multiple names for individual groups. Science know-it-alls know there are more and less modern naming conventions out there for periodic elements and their categories. Stick with the more modern group names and their respective group numbers and you'll ace these solids, liquids and gases with few-to-no difficulties.

Coinage metals, copper family and group are group 11 elements that inhabit periods 4 through 7. Alkali metals, lithium family and group are group 1 elements that span periods 2 through 7. Peer at your periodic table long enough and you'll start to see the grouping patterns of these elements illumine. It also helps if you're a chemistry whiz who knows how to group elements based on atomic numbers and all that technical stuff. The makers of those easy-to-read, color-coded periodic tables made things so much easier for the rest of us less-adept-at-tech folks who are no less intrigued by science.

So whatever your level of science mastery, give this quiz a shot! Scroll on to put those atomic numbers in their places.

Cadmium has eighteen electrons on its 4th subshell and two valence electrons. Which group does this element belong to in the periodic table?

Cadmium's atomic number is 48. As with other elements in the zinc group, cadmium has a valence electron count of 2.


Manganese, technetium and bohrium all belong to which group of elements?

Group 7 includes the elements manganese, technetium and bohrium as well as rhenium which are transition metals. Manganese is the most common element in the group.


The helium or the neon family includes which of the following elements?

The helium or neon family is group 18 in the periodic table. Elements in this group are referred to as noble gases or inert gases.


What is the element name for group 13 in the periodic table?

"Triels" is another name for elements in group 13, or the boron group, of the periodic table. This group contains elements such as boron, gallium and aluminium (or aluminum).


Which group in the periodic table does the element with the symbol Cr belong to?

The symbol Cr stands for the element chromium, which belongs to group 6 in the periodic table. Elements in this group possess either one or two valence electrons. Tungsten is another member of this element group.


Which of the following elements does not belong in the vanadium group?

The vanadium group is group 5 in the periodic table. Elements of this group are transition metals with a valence electron count of 2. Niobium is the only member with a valence electron count of 1.


The element rhodium deviates in the chemical behavior that is characteristic of its group in the periodic table. Can you name the correct group?

Rhodium has an atomic number of 45 and the element contains 1 valence electron, whereas other elements in the cobalt group have a valence electron count of 2. Rhodium is an extremely rare element that exists in 4.6 percent of the native platinum metal compounds.


What is the element name for the IUPAC group 8 of the periodic table?

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, or IUPAC, standardized modern naming conventions for previously inconsistent designations in the periodic table. The IUPAC group 8 is the iron group or iron family, which includes the transition metals ruthenium, iron, osmium and hassium.


Which element group lies in the periodic table's d-block?

D-block elements, also known as transition elements, have valence electrons in two shells instead of just one. Valence electrons enable the formation of chemical bonds. The titanium group is group 4 of the periodic table and includes hafnium, rutherfordium, zirconium and titanium.


Which of these elements is not a lanthanide?

Lanthanides are 15 consecutive metals in the periodic table that are often called rare-earth elements. Typical valences are 3 and 4, and atomic numbers range from 57 to 71. Silver has an atomic number of 47.


Which of these elements is an alkaline-earth metal and a period 4 element of the periodic table?

Calcium is the fifth most abundant element in the Earth's crust. Other alkaline-earth metals include beryllium, radium, barium, magnesium and strontium.


Can you identify the actinide element of these choices?

Plutonium has atomic number 94, which is within the range of elements, of atomic numbers 89 to 103, that include the actinide or actinoid elements. Actinide elements share radioactive traits.


Can you tell which of these choices are group 3 elements?

Scandium is a rare-earth metal that belongs to group 3 in the periodic table. Scandium is a reactive metal with 2 valence electrons.


The element copper belongs to which group in the periodic table?

Group 11 in the periodic table contains the coinage metals that include copper, silver and gold. These elements all have a valence of 1 electron.


Which of these elements is a period 1 element?

Hydrogen has atomic number 1 and is the lightest of the elements. Hydrogen is a reactive nonmetal and is one of two period 1 elements; Helium is the other.


What is another name for group 14 elements in the periodic table?

Group 14 of the periodic table includes carbon, silicon, germanium, tin, lead and flerovium. Tetrels, from "tetra" which is the Greek for four, is another word for group 14 elements. Elements in this group have a valence of 4.


Can you identify the pnictogen in this group of elements?

Pnictogens, or pentels, are group 15 elements in the periodic table. Arsenic, as with the other congeners of this group, has 5 valence electrons.


Which group of elements has 6 valences and includes a period 3 element that has atomic number 16?

Chalcogens are also called the oxygen family or group 16 elements of the periodic table. Sulfur is the period 3 element with atomic number 16 in the chalcogen group.


What is the name of the group in the periodic table that contains the element with the symbol Cs?

Cesium has the symbol Cs and is a group 1 alkali metal in the periodic table. Cesium is one of the softest metals, and it is highly reactive.


Which of the following choices is not a name for a group in the periodic table?

Silicon is the second element in the carbon group, which is also group 14 of the periodic table. Coinage metals are group 11 elements. A group in the periodic table is also described as a "family."


Strontium belongs in which group of the periodic table?

Strontium is an alkaline-earth metal within the period 5 elements of the periodic table. This element has an oxidation state of +2. Sixteen radioactive isotopes have been derived from strontium through nuclear reactions.


What are the six nonmetallic elements of group 17 in the periodic table called?

The six halogens are bromine, chlorine, fluorine, iodine, tennessine and astatine. All halogen elements produce sodium salts. Sodium chloride is one example.


The titanium group of elements include titanium, zirconium, rutherfordium and which other element?

Hafnium is one of four elements in group 4 of the periodic table. Hafnium's oxidation state is +4, and this metal has a high tolerance for corrosion.


How many valence electrons do group 11 elements have?

Group eleven elements include copper, silver, gold and roentgenium. With the possible exception of roentgenium, this group's elements share the same chemical traits which results from the common valence configuration.


What is the name given to elements that have properties of both metals and nonmetals?

Silicon, boron, germanium, arsenic, tellurium and antimony are considered metalloids. Currently, no conclusive description for a metalloid exists.


What is the group name for gas elements that have a very low chemical reactivity?

Noble gases are nonflammable gases. Except for helium and highly radioactive radon, all noble gases exist in the earth's atmosphere. Neon, argon, krypton and xenon are all noble gases.


Potassium belongs to which atomic orbital type?

Group 1 and group 2 elements, as well as helium, are included in the s-block. Potassium is a group 1 alkali metal. The s-orbital electrons of s-block elements readily react with other elements to form compounds.


Which group of the periodic table contains the elements mercury and zinc?

Cadmium and copernicium are the other elements in the zinc group. Mercury is the only metal in the group that is liquid at room temperature.


The four elements of the chromium family have either 1 or 2 valence electrons. Which of these choices are elements of the group with 1 valence?

Tungsten and seaborgium are elements in the chromium group with 2 valence electrons. Tungsten, chromium and molybdenum are refractory metals, which are durable and maintain structural properties at high levels of heat.


Which element of the manganese group is also included in period 4 of the periodic table?

Manganese has an atomic number of 25 and five oxidation states: +2, +3, +4, +5, +6 and +7. Manganese forms a wide selection of compounds, including potassium permanganate, manganese oxide and manganese carbonate.


Of the members of the nitrogen group, which two elements are prime elements necessary for living organisms?

In addition to the benefits that phosphorus and nitrogen provide living things, these elements are also abundant in explosive weaponry. Bismuth, arsenic, antimony and moscovium are also group 15, nitrogen group elements.


Can you identify the reactive nonmetal of these choices?

Selenium is one of five reactive nonmetals that are solids. There are five reactive nonmetals that are gases, and one is a liquid.


Are you able to identify the chemical element found in the f-block of the periodic table?

The f-block of the periodic table includes period 6 lanthanides and period 7 actinides, which are all metals. F-block elements are also called inner transition metals.


The chemical element with the symbol Li belongs to which group of elements?

Lithium has the symbol Li and atomic number 3. It's the first element of group 1, otherwise known as the lithium family. Group 1 elements are alkali metals.


What is another group name for alkaline-earth metals?

Elements in group 2 of the periodic table are alkaline-earth metals that are also known as beryllium group elements. Alkaline-earth metal atoms readily lose electrons to become cations, or positive ions.


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