Oxygen is very important in the world today, but before we investigate its uses, let's look into its properties. Oxygen is an element, if you didn't already know. Its symbol on the periodic table is the letter "O." It has an atomic number of eight and an atomic mass of 15.9994. Oxygen is a non-metal in period two group sixteen. Group sixteen is also known as the Oxygen Family.
The Ozone Layer
Oxygen ions (O3) make up the ozone layer which protects us from the Sun's ultraviolet rays.
Oxygen is a key component of H2O (water), which makes up 86% of our bodies.
Oxygen is used to create acids.