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Though both sodium oxide and mercury oxide are metal oxides, sodium oxide is called alkali but mercury oxide not.Why/?

Though both sodium oxide and mercury oxide are metal oxides, sodium oxide is called alkali but mercury oxide not.Why/?

Grade:10

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Arun
25758 Points
2 years ago
Sodium metal discharged at the cathode combines with mercury to form sodium amalgam. ... Calcium oxide is a white amorphous solid. ... This process is called slaking of lime.
Saurabh Koranglekar
askIITians Faculty 10335 Points
2 years ago
Dear student

Alkali term basically comes with association of alkali metals which group 1 metals are, where as Hg is categorised as heavy metal

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