Using the Activity Series

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  • Au
  • X(s) + NaN03(s) -> XNO3(s) + Na(s)
  • Mg
  • Li
  • Na
  • Step right up! Its time to see who's the most compatible to replace sodium in a single replace reaction! Remember, only a metal ranked higher will displace sodium!
  • K
  • Zn
  • Na
  • Au(s) + NaN03(s) -> N.R
  • Li
  • Au
  • I'm sorry gold, but you aren't more reactive than sodium. Actually, you are highly unreactive!
  • Na
  • Li
  • Mg(s) + NaN03(s) -> N.R
  • Mg
  • Magnesium, you were close to a reaction, but since you are still less reactive than sodium, no reaction occurred.
  • As you can see class, on the activity series potassium is ranked higher than sodium. It is important to consult your activity series because it ranks elements in order of reactivity.
  • Na
  • Li
  • Zn(s) + NaN03(s) -> N.R
  • Zn
  • Once again, since you are not as reactive as sodium, you cannot be the one to complete the reaction. Maybe next time zinc!
  • Na
  • Li
  • K(s) + NaN03(s) -> KNO3(s) + Na(s)
  • K
  • Finally! We have found a winner! Potassium, since you were more reactive on the activity series, you were able to complete the reaction!
  • Au
  • K(s) + NaN03(s) -> KNO3(s) + Na(s)
  • Li
  • Mg
  • Na
  • K
  • Zn
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