What is activity series?
The Activity Series of metals is a very essential part in
predicting the result of many reactions. The Activity series is a
chart which list's metals in order of declining reactivity. The
metals on the top of the series are the most reactive and the ones
in the bottom are the least reactive. The first five elements on
the chart are highly reactive metals; which will react with water
and steam. It is essential to know, that reactions should be
performed in room temperature for the activity series to work well.
Many would predict that metals with low ionization energy and lower
electro negativity would me more active, because they are more
vulnerable to lose electrons in a reaction. However, while these
properties do affect an elements place in the series, there are
other factors that affect an elements activity