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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
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10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Write balanced equations for the reaction of lithium, sodium, and potassium with O2. Specify which metal forms an oxide, which forms a peroxide, and which forms a superoxide.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: To write the chemical equation of alkali metal with oxides and predict the nature of oxide in the compound.

Concept introduction: Alkali metals belong to group 1A of the periodic table. It consists of elements lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium and francium. On moving down the group, the size of alkali metal increases as atomic number increases. All of them have one electron in their outermost shell. They are all metals and tend to lose their valence electron. Thus, they have +1 oxidation number.

A small size alkali metal forms an oxide on burning in air and a large alkali metal can form compounds with peroxide and superoxide. The size of superoxide is largest followed by peroxide and oxide is the smallest.

The formula for oxide is O2.

The formula for peroxide is O22.

The formula for superoxide is O2.

Explanation

Lithium-ion is very small in size and cannot form with large size peroxide ion and superoxide ion. Oxide ion is very small in size and can form a compound with lithium. Only one oxygen atom can get near lithium atom.

Sodium is bigger in size than lithium because on moving down the group, the size of alkali metal increases as atomic number increases. It can thus forms a compound with two oxygen atoms of peroxide group but not superoxide group.

Potassium is even bigger sized alkali metal and forms superoxide. The superoxide group is large in size and potassium is comparatively larger in size than lithium and sodium. Thus, potassium forms superoxide.

The balanced chemical equation for the reaction of lithium with O2 is:

    4Li(s)+O2(g)2Li2O(s)

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