Learning Objectives

After completing the topic, the student will be able to:

  • List alkali metals and alkaline earth metals, write their electronic configurations.
  • Explain the physical and chemical properties of alkali and alkaline earth metals.
  • Discuss the exceptions in general periodic trends in s–block elements.
  • Describe the preparation methods, general characteristics of compounds of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium; and give their uses
  • Recognize the biological significance of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium.