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Questions tagged [alkali-metals]

For questions about the alkali metals (group 1), their compounds, and their physical and chemical properties. For questions specifically about hydrogen, use tag [hydrogen] instead.

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Are there known compounds of caesium with oxidation number >1?

Given that the left neighbor of caesium, xenon, does have fluorides and oxides, it is not inconceivable that caesium can have oxides or fluorides with an oxidation number higher than 1. Are such ...
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Why is the reason for color different in these two cases? [closed]

I have read in a book (NCERT India) about flame color for salts of alkali metal and color of transition metal complexes. In the first case, it says that during excitation of electrons to higher ...
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Potassium ethoxide

Is it possible to make potassium ethoxide by mixing $\ce{KOH}$ and $\ce{EtOH}$ in the presence of a dehydrating agent like $\ce{MgSO4}$ or $\ce{CaO}$ or $\ce{K2CO3}$? The easy way is adding metallic ...
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Flame Test Spectrograms Not Lining Up With Reality

In my AS Level chemistry class we had tried some DIY spectroscopy of flame tests with the aim of identifying anions in certain salts. We got as far as building the spectrometer inspired by Paper Craft ...
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Does aluminum oxide react with rubidium?

I have rubidium vapor inside of the vacuum chamber. Inside the vacuum chamber, there are two flat stainless steel coated with aluminum oxide at temperature ~100 °C. Since rubidium is active, I am ...
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Unusual oxidation states of alkali metals

When going through list of oxidation states on Wikipedia I encounterd there that sodium, potassium, rubidium and caesium exhibit oxidation states of -1, but not lithium, even though its ...
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Why doesn't lithium form dilithium crystals? (Calling Mr.Spock) [duplicate]

Hydrogen is in the first column of the periodic table. At STP it is a diatomic gas. When cooled and/or under pressure it forms a crystalline solid of di-hydrogen molecules. Calculations indicate that ...
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Are crown ethers “recycled”, typically?

I know that crown ethers have the interesting property of strongly complexing alkali metals, which allows them to be used in organic solvents (eg. as "dissolving-activity enhancing agents" for ...
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Does the van der Waals force not affect the alkali metal 's trend of decreasing melting points down the table? [duplicate]

Melting and boiling points increase further down the halogen group, but they decrease further down the alkali metal group. I know that the former's trend has to do with the van der Waals force, but I ...
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Alkali metal carbonates, their thermal stability and solubility [duplicate]

From Li to Cs, thermal stability of carbonates increases. From Li to Cs, due to larger ion size, hydration enthalpy decreases. So, solubility should decrease from Li to Cs. But, experimentally, order ...
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Coordination number of carbon in methyllithium tetramer

According to J. D. Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry, the coordination number of carbon in $\ce{Li4(CH3)4}$ is $7$. But the structure of the tetramer is Doesn't carbon have coordination number $6$ ...
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Why do the boiling and melting points decrease as you go down group 1 and vice versa for group 7?

I used to think that because an alkali metal needs to lose one electron to complete its outer shell, when the atom increases in size (atomic radius), the electron would be easier to lose as the ...
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Which of sodium or lithium will be more reactive with oxygen?

I do not understand how you can work out which element will react more readily with another element. For example, I have lithium (Li) and sodium (Na) and I am trying to work out which element will ...