Sodium Stable Ions
Date: Around 1999
Does Sodium form any stable ions if so what is the most
stable ion that it forms???
In the earth, sodium is always found as the +1 ion. This is a common ion
in seawater and our bodies.
Richard Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Chemical Separations Group
Argonne National Laboratory
The answer is yes. Sodium is a metal, and the metals all
tend to form positively charged ions (sometimes called
cations, as opposed to negatively charged ions called anions).
Sodium is in the first column of the periodic table. All
elements in this column have one thing in column; their
most stable ion is a cation with a charge of +1.
Dept of Chemistry
The Cooper Union
New York, NY
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