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Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097

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9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097
Textbook Problem

How do the acidities of the aqueous solutions of the alkaline earth metal ions (M2+) change in going down the group?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The acidity of aqueous solution of M2+ alkaline earth metal ions has to be discussed.

Concept Introduction:

Alkaline earth metals are Beryllium, Magnesium, Calcium, Strontium, Barium and Radium.  They form dipositive ions in most of their compounds.  The ionic size of the dipositive ion increases from Beryllium to Radium.  Acidity of a metal ion refers to its ability to grab electron.

Explanation

Alkaline earth metals are highly electropositive.  The electropositivity increases down the group from Beryllium to Radium.  Electropositivity refers to tendency to lose electrons and thus they lose electrons quite easily and attain stability in it...

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