Reactions of Metals

  • Created by: Olivia
  • Created on: 01-05-13 21:13

You can use the reactions of different metals with dilute acids to work out how reactive they are


Heres the typical experiment:

  • The more reactive the metal, the faster the reaction will go. Very reactive metals (e.g. sodium) react explosively
  • The speed of reaction is indicated by the rate at which the bubbles of hydrogen are given off
  • The hydrogen is confirmed by the burning splint test
  • Magnesium- Big squeaky pop! Magnesium reacts vigorously with cold dilute acids and produces loads of bubbles
  • Aluminium- Fair old sqeauky pop! Sluminium doesn't react much with cold dilute acids because it has a portective aluminium oxide layer. But, it…


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