Group 2 Elements (Alkaline Earth Metals)

Alkaline Earth Metals: The elements Beryllium (Be), Magnesium (Mg), Calcium (Ca), Strontium (Sr), Barium (Ba) and Radium (Ra) constitute group 2 of the long form of the Periodic table and are collectively known as Alkaline earth metals or Alkaline earths. These are named so because oxides of Ca, Sr and Ba (known even in ancient times) are found in earth’s crust and when dissolved in water, they form hydroxides which are alkaline in nature. These elements (Ca, Sr and Ba) are placed along with Be, Mg and Ra in 2nd group and the term Alkaline earth metals is still commonly … Continue reading Group 2 Elements (Alkaline Earth Metals)