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Questions tagged [alkaline-earth-metals]

For questions about the alkaline earth metals (group 2), their compounds, and their physical and chemical properties.

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Unusual oxidation numbers for alkaline earth metals?

Are there compound of alkaline earth elements showing unusual oxidation numbers? For the sake of the question, every oxidation number different from +2 counts as unusual, most exciting would be ...
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What is reason of stability of metal (Sr and Ba) peroxides?

While studying inorganic chemistry I came across the following chemical equation. $$\ce{M + Air\left(1/2O2 + N2\right) ->[Δ] MO ->[\text{Excess}~O2] MO2 (Stable) + M3N2}$$ $$\ce{M} = \ce{Sr, ...
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Why don't ionization energies vary linearly going down Group 2?

I understand why the 1st ionization energies (1st IEs) of Group 2 elements decrease down the group. However, why is the difference between 1st IEs of successive elements greater for Be to Ca and ...
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Apparent contradiction in the name of group 2 elements

From my understanding (I might be very wrong), the "earth" in alkaline earth metals means non-metallic, insolube in water and resistant to heating, therefore the oxides and hydroxides of group 2 ...
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Why are bicarbonates of alkaline earth metals stable only in aqueous solution?

Numerous internet sources (1, 2, 3, etc.) state this fact, including a Wiley publication "Alkaline Earth Metals: Inorganic Chemistry - William S. Rees Jr" (DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia005) on page 9: ...
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Why can't beryllium react with hydrogen gas directly to give hydride?

I read in a textbook that all alkali metal and alkaline earth metal can react with hydrogen directly to give hydride except for beryllium. I want to know the reason why because I know that $\ce{BeH2}$ ...
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Are lithium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water?

Are lithium bicarbonate and​ magnesium bicarbonate both soluble in water? Source: JEE Mains 2017 (National Level Examination of India) Please do cite a reputed source along with your answer. ...
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Is beryllium an alkaline earth metal?

For context: I got a question asking, "Which of the following alkaline earth metals do not give flame colour?". I quickly marked $\ce{Be}$ and $\ce{Mg}$ and got negative marks. The following is a ...
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Why does magnesium oxide not react with water?

There is a question in my textbook which asks "which of the reactions are not possible to occur". The right answer is $\ce{MgO + H2O}$ and my chemistry teacher confirmed it. Why is that so? I thought ...
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Why does the solubility of Group II hydroxides increase and the solubility of sulphates decrease down the group?

I know that, solubility of alkaline earth metal hydroxides increases down the group and solubility of alkaline earth metal sulfates decreases down the group. I wish to understand the reason for these ...