Problem: What is the charge of oxygen gas?

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We have to describe what charge is on the oxygen gas molecule.

Oxygen is a diatomic gas (O2): It is made up of two oxygen atoms.

Oxygen is a nonmetal from group 6A, so it has 6 valence electrons.

Elements gain stability if they have a noble gas electronic configuration.

Noble gas configuration is achieved by 8 electrons in the valence shell. It is called an octet of electrons.

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What is the charge of oxygen gas?

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