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Which metals are the most reactive?

Question by Guest | 28/09/2018 at 19:40

Does anyone know which metals are above average reactive or even the most reactive? I know that there is maybe no pat answer to this question, because it also depends on the reaction partners. But there is certainly a tendency to recognize the most reactive metals.

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Defining a general rule is really a bit difficult, but it can be derived from the periodic table. The fewer electrons in the valence shell, the more reactive a substance is.

Thus, the alkali metals would be the most reactive since they are in the 1st main group of the periodic table and thus have only one electron in the valence shell. This makes it very easy to bond with other substances and thus react with these substances.

The alkali metals include the chemical elements lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium and francium.
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