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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

2 Answers

Arun
25763 Points
one year 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 10341 Points
one year 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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