what is the reactivity seres

Asked by  | 10th May, 2008, 12:31: PM

Expert Answer:

The reactivity series is a series of metals, in order of reactivity from highest to lowest. It is used to determine the products of single displacement reactions, whereby metal A will replace another metal B in a solution if A is higher in the series.

Here is a series of some of the most common metals, listed in descending order of reactivity:

Metals Metal Ion Reactivity
K K+ reacts with water
Na Na+
Ba Ba2+
Sr Sr+
Ca Ca2+
Li Li+
Mg Mg2+ reacts with acids
Al Al3+
Mn Mn2+
Zn Zn2+
Cr Cr2+
Fe Fe2+
Cd Cd2+
Co Co2+
Ni Ni2+
Sn Sn2+
Pb Pb2+
H2 H+ included for comparison
Sb Sb3+ highly unreactive
Bi Bi3+
Cu Cu2+
Hg Hg2+
Ag Ag+
Pt Pt+
Au Au3+

Answered by  | 14th Jun, 2008, 05:16: AM

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