Please help me with a chem problem?

Okay. In an experiment, metals Zn, Cu, Mg, and Fe were placed in MgSO4. CuSO4, HCl, etc. to test for reactivity.

Could this same experiment be done with nonmetals? (being put in the same compounds)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Not really. Most nonmetals do not do a displacement the way that metals do.

    The exception is the halogens. Cl2 will displace Br2 or I2. Br2 will displace I2. However, since you have SO4-2 and Cl- as the anions, there will be no displacement.

    Perhaps in theory, one could displace Cl- with F2. However, F2 is extremely reactive and will react with water. The reactions would be an incredible mess.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO

    Most nonmetals do not do a displacement the way that metals do.

    The exception is the halogens. Cl2 will displace Br2 or I2. Br2 will displace I2. However, since you have SO4-2 and Cl- as the anions, there will be no displacement.

    Perhaps in theory, one could displace Cl- with F2. However, F2 is extremely reactive and will react with water. The reactions would be an incredible mess.

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