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9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097

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

Almost all metals in nature are found as ionic compounds in ores instead of being in the pure state. Why? What must be done to a sample of ore to obtain a metal substance that has desirable properties?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The explanation is to be stated for the fact that, almost all metals in nature are found as ionic compounds in ores instead of being in the pure state. Method to extract metals from their ore is to be stated.

Concept introduction: Naturally occurring substance from which metals can be extracted economically is known as ore.

To explain: The fact that almost all metals in nature are found as ionic compounds in ores instead of being in the pure state. Method to extract metals from their ore is to be stated.

Explanation

Explanation

The most important characteristic of metal is their capability to lose electrons.

Metals easily lose electrons to form ionic compounds with non metals. That is why, almost all metals in nature are found as ionic compounds in ores instead of being in the pure state.

A metal substance can be extracted from the sample of ore by the process of reduction and isolation.

Generally, metals are recovered from their ores by the process of reduction and isolation.

For example,

Extraction of pure iron (Fe<

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