Alkaline Earth Metals: Definition, Properties & Characteristics


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The 'alkaline' in alkaline earth metals refers to which one of the following?

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1. Why is it uncommon to find alkaline earth metals in their pure form?

2. As alkaline earth metals have relatively low ionization energies for their first two electrons, what charge do they typically have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Alkaline earth metals include beryllium, magnesium, calcium and strontium. In this quiz, you will be tested on how much you know about the properties of both alkaline earth metals in general and specific examples of these metals.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will assess your understanding of the following:

  • The charge of alkaline metal ions
  • Why alkaline earth metals are uncommon in their pure form
  • How to differentiate between alkaline earth metals
  • Characteristics of alkaline earth metals

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from lesson on alkaline earth metals to help you answer questions
  • Information recall - remember information about the reactivity of these metals
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned about metals like calcium and radium to apply to quiz questions

Additional Learning

More information on the subject can be found in the corresponding lesson, Alkaline Earth Metals: Definition, Properties & Characteristics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define alkaline earth metals
  • Know reason for alkaline earth metals' low ionization energy
  • Understand what happens when alkaline earth metals react
  • Explore examples of where we have seen alkaline earth metals in day-to-day life