Patterns in reactions, with reference to the periodic table

Practical activities which look at the reactions of different groups of elements are always exciting.  This list provides some advice on carrying out some traditional demonstrations and ideas for practicals which which explore reactivity. The resources link to the following topics:

  • how patterns in reactions can be predicted with reference to the periodic table
  • the order of metals and carbon in the reactivity series

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Whilst this list provides a source of information and ideas for experimental work, it is important to note that recommendations can date very quickly. Do NOT follow suggestions which conflict with current advice from CLEAPSSSSERC or recent safety guides. eLibrary users are responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is consistent with current regulations related to health and safety and that they carry an appropriate risk assessment. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.