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Group 15: The Nitrogen Family

The nitrogen family includes the following compounds: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), arsenic (As), antimony (Sb), and bismuth (Bi). All Group 15 elements have the electron configuration ns2np3 in their outer shell, where n is the principal quantum number.

Thumbnail: White and red phosphorus. Image used with permission (CC-SA-BY 3.0; Peter Krimbacher).