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How do the most reactive metals react with water and acids?

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The most reactive metals react with water to form hydrogen gas and their oxides or hydroxides, and with acids to form their oxides or hydroxides. According to the activity series, the first nine metals are highly reactive with water and the next six with acids.

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The activity series is a chart that lists metals according to their relative reactivity. According to the series, the first five highly reactive metals react with water of all temperatures to form hydrogen gas and their respective hydroxides, while the next four metals react with water to form hydrogen gas and their respective oxides. The next six metals combine with acids to form hydrogen gas and their respective hydroxides. The reactions work very well in aqueous solutions.

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