ACTIVITY SERIES OF METALS

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The act            The activity series lists metals and                              

                        hydrogen, in order of reactivity;                     

                        any element in the series will displace                           

                        ions of an element below it from an                  

                        aqueous solution.      

 

                             

  • Lithium
  • Potassium
  • Barium
  • Calcium
  • Sodium

These metals displace hydrogen from water

                        Lead will displace hydrogen from                     

                       an acid, while copper does not.                     

                       Metal very high in the activity                          

                       series are very reactive and will                              

                       displace hydrogen from both                                         
                       water and an acid.       

 

 
  • Magnesium
  • Aluminum
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Nickel
  • Tin
  • Lead

 

These metals displace hydrogen from acids

Hydrogen

 
  • Copper
  • Mercury
  • Silver
  • Gold

These metals do not displace hydrogen from acids or water

 

ACTIVITY SERIES OF HALOGENS

 

A Halogen can also displace another halogen

 
  • Fluorine
  • Chlorine
  • Bromine
  • Iodine

A specific halogen can displace any halide ion that appears below it

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