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Compounds of alkali metals are usually colourless . EXPLAIN?!

Compounds of alkali metals are usually colourless.EXPLAIN?!

Grade:11

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SAGAR SINGH - IIT DELHI
879 Points
11 years ago

Dear student,

The color of a chemical is produced when a valence electron in an atom is excited from one energy level to another by visible radiation. In this case, the particular frequency of light that excites the electron is absorbed.

Thus, the remaining light that you see is white light devoid of one or more wavelengths (thus appearing colored). Alkali metals, having lost their outermost electrons, have no electrons that can be excited by visible radiation. Alkali metal salts and their aqueous solution are colorless unless they contain a colored anion.

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