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Reaction with Water

Some metals react with water to produce metal hydroxide and hydrogen gas. Generally non-metals do not react with water

a) Active metals like Na, K react with water at room temperature.



The reaction is so violent and exothermic that the evolved hydrogen catches fire.

 

b) Less active metals like Mg , Zn , Al , react with boiling water.



 

c) Metals like Fe, Ni react very mildly with steam.

Rusting of Iron





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