# What will be the product(s) of the following reaction: Cs +Br_2 rightleftharpoons ??

Apr 12, 2017

The balanced equation is $2 C s + B {r}_{2} r i g h t \le f t h a r p \infty n s 2 C s B r$

#### Explanation:

Or, if you prefer the ionic form

$2 C s + B {r}_{2} r i g h t \le f t h a r p \infty n s 2 C {s}^{+} + 2 B {r}^{-}$

(However, I do not believe this is truly an equilibnrium system, but a reaction that runs essentially to completion.)

Since cesium (like other alkali metals) has a single valence electron, it is very prone to being oxidized into its +1 ion form.

Bromine, like other halogens is a strong oxidizing agent and has a great tendency to acquitre electrons from chemicals it contacts.

Here, each Cs atom donates one electron to a Br atom, with the result that an ionic compound, CsBr is formed. The ion charges are +1 $\left(C {s}^{+}\right)$ and -1 $\left(B {r}^{-}\right)$