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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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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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 ...