The reactions of the Alkaline Earth Metals are driven by the presence of two valence electrons in their outer shell.
The presence of an additional valence electron in the outer shell of the Alkaline Earth Metals make them undergo more reactions than the Alkali Metals.
Concept: Reactions of the Alkaline Earth Metals8m
In some reactions, Be behaves like a typical alkaline earth metal; in others, it does not. Complete and balance the following equations:
(a) BeO(s) + H2O(l) →
(b) BeCl2(l) + Cl–(l; from molten NaCl) →
In which reaction does Be behave like the other Group 2A(2) members?