Is sodium reactive?

1 Answer
Oct 30, 2016

What do you think?


Sodium is usually stored under thick mineral oil.

When you cut a clean surface of metal and expose it to the air it tarnishes rapidly.

With water, the reaction with sodium is rapid and vigorous:

#Na(s) + H_2O(l) rarr NaOH(aq) + 1/2H_2(g)uarr#

All of this denotes considerable reactivity.