Group I metals Trends

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Group I metalsTrends Melting and Boiling points? Densities Reactivity… Alkali Metal

What is the trend in density? The alkali metals generally become more dense going down the group, but the trend is not perfect because potassium is less dense than sodium. Water has a density of 1 g/dm 3 (note: dm3 = a volume unit equivalent to a litre). Element Density (g/dm 3 ) lithium potassium sodium rubidium caesium 0.53 0.97 0.86 1.53 1.87 Which elements in group 1 will float on water?

Quick review… Cs Rb K Na Li Size & # of e shells The size of the element’s atoms, and the number of full electron shells, increases down the group. This means that, down the group, the electron in the outer shell gets further away from the nucleus and is shielded by more electron shells. The further away an electron is from the positive attraction of the nucleus, the easier it can be lost in reactions.

What is the trend in melting and boiling points? The melting points and boiling points of alkali metals decrease going down the group. Element Melting point ( °C ) lithium potassium sodium rubidium caesium 181 98 64 39 28 Boiling point ( °C ) 1342 883 760 686 671

General Reactive trends Metals getting more reactive Caesium – the most reactive metal available in useful amounts Fluorine – the most reactive non-metal

Electron structure and reactivity The reactivity of alkali metals increases down the group. What is the reason for this? Cs Rb K Na Li increase in reactivity The size of the element’s atoms, and the number of full electron shells, increases down the group. This means that, down the group, the electron in the outer shell gets further away from the nucleus and is shielded by more electron shells. The further away an electron is from the positive attraction of the nucleus, the easier it can be lost in reactions. This means that reactivity increases with the size of the atom.

How do the alkali metals react with oxygen? All alkali metals react with oxygen in the air to form metal oxides . This produces a layer of dull oxide on the surface of the metal, called tarnish . The speed with which alkali metals react with oxygen in the air increases going down the group: Why are alkali metals stored in oil ? lithium – tarnishes slowly sodium – tarnishes quickly potassium – tarnishes very quickly. The oil prevents them from reacting with oxygen and tarnishing.

All the alkali metals react vigorously with water. The reaction produces a gas that ignites a lighted splint with a squeaky pop. What is this gas? What does the reaction with water produce? It is an exothermic reaction as it releases a lot of heat. When green universal indicator is added to the reaction mixture, it turns purple. What does this tell you about the products of this reaction? The reaction with water becomes more vigorous as you go down the group.

2M(s) + 2H 2 O(l)  2MOH (aq) + H 2 (g) alkali metal + water  alkali metal + hydrogen hydroxide This reaction creates alkaline hydroxide ions. The general equation for the reaction between an alkali metal reacting with water is: What is the equation for the reaction with water? This is why the group 1 elements are called the alkali metals.

How does lithium react with water? Lithium is the least reactive of the alkali metals. 2Li (s) + 2H 2 O (l)  2LiOH (aq) + H2 (g) lithium + water  lithium + hydrogen hydroxide When added to water, it fizzes and moves around slowly across the surface of the water. What is the equation for this reaction?

How does sodium react with water? When added to water, sodium fizzes more than lithium, and moves quickly across the surface of the water. 2Na (s) + 2H 2 O (l)  2NaOH (aq) + H2 (g) sodium + water  sodium + hydrogen hydroxide What is the equation for this reaction? The hydrogen sometimes catches fire because of the heat from the reaction. The sodium melts as it reacts, and it becomes spherical and shiny, like a ball bearing.

How does potassium react with water? When added to water, the potassium moves across the surface of the water very quickly. 2K (s) + 2H 2 O (l)  2KOH (aq) + H2 (g) potassium + water  potassium + hydrogen hydroxide What is the equation for this reaction? Like sodium, it melts with the heat of the reaction. The reaction produces so much heat that the hydrogen given off catches alight. What colour would the flame be?

See Group 1 & 7 trends.FLA


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