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 The Reactivity Series

Some metals are more reactive than others. We put then in order of their reactivity in a series that starts with the most reactive.

This is the Reactivity Series.

 Substance
 

 Symbol
 

 Comment

 Potassium
 

 
 

 Metal: very reactive

 Sodium
 

 
 

 Metal: very reactive

 Calcium
 

 
 

 Metal: very reactive

 Magnesium
 

 
 

Metal: fairly reactive 

 Aluminium
 

 
 

 Metal: fairly reactive 

 Carbon
 

 
 

 Not a metal, but included in series

 Zinc
 

 
 

Metal: fairly reactive  

 Iron
 

 
 

 Metal: not very reactive

Tin
 

 
 

 Metal: not very reactive

  Lead
 

 
 

Metal: not very reactive 

Hydrogen
 

 
 

 Not a metal, but included in series

 Copper 
 

 
 

 Metal: not very reactive 

 Silver
 

 

Metal: not reactive  

 Gold
 

 
 

 Metal: not reactive  

 Platinum
 

 
 

Metal: not reactive