Reactivity Series

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Metals have similar physical properties.  They can be arranged according to their relative reactivity.  This is known as the Reactivity Series.  To arrange the metals in order of reactivity, a number of experiments need to be carried out. 

Reactions with water

The more vigorous or violent the reaction the more reactive the metal.

Group 1 metals are the most reactive metals on the periodic table and will react with water.

Reaction with water

  • Lithium - fizzing and solid disappears
  • sodium - fizzing, melts into a ball and moves across



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