s block metals vs p block metals

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John Liang 2I
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s block metals vs p block metals

Postby John Liang 2I » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:12 pm

"Why are s-block metals typically more reactive than
p-block metals? "

Is this because s block metals have an easier time giving up an electron while p block metals have a harder time giving up an electron? Due to orbitals?

Amanda Ung 4D
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Re: s block metals vs p block metals

Postby Amanda Ung 4D » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:14 pm

Yes. Due to their lower ionization energies, the s block elements are able to give up electrons more easily thus forming cations which makes them more reactive.

Sydney Pell 2E
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Re: s block metals vs p block metals

Postby Sydney Pell 2E » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:21 pm

P-block metals have high ionization energies, which means it is more difficult for them to lose electrons. But, for some elements in the p-block, this does not necessarily mean that they are less reactive. For example, group 17 elements have high electron affinity, which means that they have a high tendency to gain electrons and are very reactive.


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