Valence Electrons in Sulfur (S)

Calculate the number of valence electrons in Sulfur using its electron configuration step by step.

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Valence Electrons in Sulfur

Determine the number of valence electrons in Sulfur (S, Element 16)

Step 1: Look up the electronic configuration for Sulfur

The abbreviated (condensed) ground electronic configuration for Sulfur is:

[Ne] 3s2 3p4

Calculate Electronic Configuration for Sulfur

Step 2: Identify the outermost electrons using the electronic configuration

Electrons in atomic orbitals outside the [Ne] core are the outermost electrons:

3s2 3p4

Step 3: Use the principle quantum number to identify the valence electrons

Extract the principle quantum number, n, and number of electrons from the electron configuration:

Electron ConfigurationnOrbitalNumber of Electrons

The outermost electrons with the largest principal quantum number (in this case, n = 3) are valence electrons.


Sulfur (S) has 6 (2 + 4) valence electrons.

Lewis Dot for S