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Which element is the most reactive of all nonmetals?

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Among nonmetal elements, flourine is the most reactive. Element reactivity is determined by reading the periodic table of elements; for nonmetals, reactivity increases as you go up a group and move from left to right across a period.

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Since flourine cannot be separated from any of the compounds it belongs to by using a chemical, it is very hard to isolate. Flourine compounds have been in use since 1670, when it was used to etch glass. George Gore was the first to produce flourine as a separate element through an electrolytic experiment in 1869.

Some cities add flourine to the water supply to help prevent tooth decay. It is also a common component in toothpaste.

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