Mon June 04, 2012 By: Sukhmanjeet Kaur

In the periodic table

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Tue June 05, 2012
Calcium is more reactive. In the periodic table, Calcium is directly below Magnesium, which means that a calcium atom is larger than a magnesium atom. This means that the electrostatic attraction between the valence electrons of calcium and the nucleus is weaker than in magnesium(larger distance, smaller force). So, the valence electrons of calcium can easily be lost to form Ca2+ , which translates to Calcium being the more reactive metal.

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