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The reactivity series

increasing reactivity

The reactivity series is the list of metals placed in order of their reactivity. One way to remember this order is to learn this silly sentence:

1 of 49

potassium sodium calcium magnesium aluminium zinc iron lead copper silver gold

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What is the order of metals?

2 of 49

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How does reactivity affect extraction?

er gni saer c ni

The reactivity of a metal determines how it is extracted.

3 of 49

potassium sodium calcium magnesium aluminium (carbon) zinc iron lead (hydrogen) copper silver gold platinum

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Reactivity recap  

Recap of metal reactivity

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