Periodic Table: Elements, Groups, Properties And Laws

Periodic Table: Elements, Groups, Properties And Laws

Periodic Table

The periodic table serves as a structured representation, arranging elements based on their distinctive chemical characteristics. In its contemporary form, it encompasses 18 groups and 7 periods. The progression of arranging atoms by their atomic number was initiated by Dimitri Mendeleev. Here, we have presented important insights relevant to the groups of the periodic table, which can be highly beneficial for exam preparation. Keep reading the article below and gain an in-depth understanding of the corned subject matter.

Elements of Periodic Table

The periodic table is structured into distinct groups and periods, each housing elements with unique characteristics. Further information about each group is provided below:

Group 1 (Alkali Metals)

The alkali metals comprise the set of elements located in Group 1 of the periodic table. This series encompasses the following elements:

  1. Lithium (Li)
  2. Sodium (Na)
  3. Potassium (K)
  4. Rubidium (Rb)
  5. Cesium (Cs)
  6. Francium (Fr)


• The alkali metals are silver-colored (cesium has a golden tinge), soft, low-density metals.

• These elements all have one valence electron which is easily lost to form an ion with a single positive charge.

• They have the lowest ionization energies in their respective periods. This makes them very reactive and they are the most active metals.

• Due to their activity, they occur naturally in ionic compounds, not in their elemental state.

•  The alkali metals react readily with halogens to form ionic salts, such as table salt, and sodium chloride (NaCl).

• They react with water to liberate hydrogen gas.

Alkali metal + water → Alkali metal hydroxide + hydrogen

Group 2 (Alkaline Earth Metals)

Group 2 of Periodic Table The series consists of the elements beryllium (Be), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), strontium (Sr), barium (Ba), and radium (Ra).

Properties for Group 2 of Periodic Table Elements 

•The alkaline earth metals are silvery-coloured, soft, low-density metals, though are a bit harder than the alkali metals.

•These elements all have two valence electrons and tend to lose both to form ions with a two-plus charge.

•Beryllium is the least metallic element in the group and tends to form covalent bonds in its compounds.

•They react readily with halogens to form ionic salts and can react slowly with water.

Group 13 (Boron Group)

Group 13 of the Periodic Table consists of the elements boron (B), aluminum (Al), gallium (Ga), indium (In), and thallium (Tl).

Properties for Group 13 of Periodic Table elements 

• In this group, we begin to see the changeover toward the non-metallic character. First appearing at the top of the group. Boron is a metalloid, it has characteristics intermediate between metals and non-metals, and the rest of the group are metals.

• These elements are characterized by having three valence electrons. The metals can lose all three electrons to form ions with a three-plus charge in ionic compounds.

• Aluminium is the third most abundant element in the earth’s crust (7.4 percent), and is widely used in packaging materials. Aluminum is an active metal, but the stable oxide forms a protective coating over the metal making it resistant to corrosion.

Group 14 (Carbon Group)

Group 14 of the Periodic Table consists of the elements carbon (C), silicon (Si), germanium (Ge), tin (Sn), & lead (Pb)

Properties of Group 14 of Periodic Table Elements

• This group has a mixed type of element with non-metal carbon, two metalloids, and two metals. The common characteristic is four valence electrons.

• The two metals, tin, and lead, are unreactive metals and both can form ions with a two-plus or a four-plus charge in ionic compounds.

• Carbon forms four covalent bonds in compounds rather than forming monatomic ions. In the elemental state, it has several forms, the most known of which are graphite and diamond.

• Silicon in some respects is similar to carbon in that it forms four covalent bonds, but it does not form a wide range of compounds. Silicon is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust (25.7 percent) and we are surrounded by silicon-containing materials: bricks, pottery, porcelain, lubricants, sealants, computer chips, and solar cells.

• The simplest oxide, silicon dioxide (SiO2) or silica, is a component of many rocks and minerals.

Group 15 (Nitrogen Group)

The Nitrogen group is the series of elements in Group 15 (formerly Group V) of the periodic table. It consists of the elements Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Arsenic (As), Antimony (Sb), and Bismuth (Bi) The collective name pnictogens is also sometimes used for elements of this group.

Properties for Group 15 of Periodic Table elements 

•These elements all have five valence electrons. Nitrogen and phosphorus are non-metals. They can gain three electrons to form fairly unstable ions with a three minus charge, the nitride and phosphide ions.

•Nitrogen, as a diatomic molecule is the major constituent of air and both elements are essential for life. Nitrogen comprises about 3 percent of the weight of the human body and phosphorous about 1.2 percent. Commercially, these elements are important for fertilizers. Arsenic and Antimony are metalloids, and bismuth is the only metal in the group. Bismuth can lose three electrons to form an ion with a three-plus charge.

•Bismuth is also the heaviest completely stable element that does not decay radioactively to other simpler elements.

Group 16 (Chalcogens)

Here is the list of elements within this group:

  1. Oxygen (O)
  2. Sulfur (S)
  3. Selenium (Se)
  4. Tellurium (Te)
  5. Radioactive Polonium (Po)
  6. Synthetic Ununhexium (Uuh)

Properties for Group 16 of Periodic Table elements

•This group has six valence electrons. Oxygen and sulfur are non-metals; their elemental form is molecular, and they can gain two electrons to form ions with a two minus charge.

•Sulfur has probably the most allotropes of any element, though the most common and stable form is the yellow crystals of S8 molecules

Group 17 (Halogens)

The halogens are the elements in Group 17 (formerly Group VII or VIIa) of the periodic table. They are fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), iodine (I), and astatine (At).

Properties for Group 17 of Periodic Table elements

•These elements all have seven valence electrons.

•This group is the first one to consist of entirely non-metals.

•They exist as diatomic molecules in their natural state

•Fluorine and chlorine exist as gases at room temperature, bromine as a liquid, and iodine as a solid.

•They require one more electron to fill their outer electron shells, and so have a tendency to gain one electron to form singly-charged negative ions. These negative ions are referred to as halide ions, and salts containing these ions are known as halides.

•Halogens are highly reactive, and as such can be harmful or lethal to biological organisms in sufficient quantities.

•Fluorine is the most reactive and the reactivity declines as we go down the group.

•Chlorine and iodine are both used as disinfectants.

•In their elemental state, halogens are oxidizing agents and are used in bleaches.

•Chlorine is the active ingredient of most fabric bleaches and is used in the production of most paper products

Group 18 (Noble Gases)

The noble gases are the chemical elements in group 18 (formerly group VIII) of the periodic table. They are helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon. They are sometimes called inert gases or rare gases. The name ‘noble gases’ is an allusion to the similarly unreactive Noble metals, so-called due to their preciousness, resistance to corrosion, and long association with the aristocracy.

Properties for Group 18 of Periodic Table elements

• The noble gasses are all non-metals and are characterized by having completely filled shells of electrons.

• Physically they exist as monatomic gases at room temperature, even those with larger atomic masses. This is because they have very weak inter-atomic forces of attraction, and consequently very low melting points and boiling points.

• Krypton and Xenon are the only noble gases that form any compounds at all. These elements can do this because they have the potential to form an expanded octet by accepting electrons in an empty d subshell.

Newlands’ law of octaves

The law of octaves, in chemistry, is the generalization made by the English chemist J.A.R. Newlands in 1865 that if the chemical elements are arranged according to increasing atomic weight, those with similar physical and chemical properties occur after each interval of seven elements. In 1864, Newlands made an attempt to classify elements. There are seven musical notes in music. Every eighth note is similar to the first one and it is the first note of the next scale. Similarly, Newland stated that the eighth element starting from a given one is a kind of repetition of the first like the eighth notes of an octave of music. So he called this relationship the Law of octaves.

In Newland’s table of elements lithium, sodium, and potassium occupied places near each other.

Fluorine and chlorine or oxygen and sulfur were placed near each other.

Note: This classification worked well with the elements with small atomic weights but failed in the case of elements with large atomic weights.

 Mendeleev’s table

Mendeleev’s publication in 1869, used atomic weight to organize the elements, information determinable to fair precision in his time. Atomic weight worked well enough to allow Mendeleev to accurately predict the properties of missing elements.

The atomic number is the absolute definition of an element and gives a factual basis for the ordering of the periodic table. Mendeleev realized that the physical and chemical properties of elements were related to their atomic mass in a ‘periodic’ way, and arranged them so that groups of elements with similar properties fell into vertical columns in his table. Modern-day periodic tables are expanded beyond Mendeleev’s initial 63 elements.

Modern Periodic Table

Let’s discuss key points of the modern periodic period table below.

Valency: Valency may be defined as “the combining capacity of the atom of an element with atoms of other elements in order to acquire the stable configuration (i.e. 8 electrons in the valence shell. In some special cases it is 2 electrons).”

Atomic Size: It refers to the distance between the center of the nucleus of an isolated atom to its outermost shell containing electrons.

The atomic radius decreases on moving from left to right along a period. This is due to an increase in nuclear charge which tends to pull the electrons closer to the nucleus and reduces the size of the atom. In a group, atomic size increases from top to bottom due to the increase in the number of shells.

Metallic And Non-Metallic Properties: 

•In a period table from left to right metallic nature decreases while non-metallic character increases.

•In a group metallic character increases from top to bottom while non-metallic character decreases.

Electronegativity: The relative tendency of an atom to attract the shared pair of electrons towards itself is called electronegativity. In a period from left to right, the value of electronegativity increases while in a group from top to bottom, the value of electronegativity decreases.

Ionization Energy: The ionization energy (IE) is the amount of energy required to remove the most loosely bound electron, the valence electron, of an isolated gaseous atom to form a cation.

In a period table from left to right, the value of ionization energy increases while in a group from top to bottom, the value of ionization energy decreases.

Electron Affinity: The electron affinity of an atom or molecule is defined as the amount of energy released or spent when an electron is added to a neutral atom or molecule in the gaseous state to form a negative ion. In a period from left to right, the value of electron affinity increases while in a group from top to bottom, the value of electron affinity decreases.