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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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