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Name: William
Status: student
Age: 13
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
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

Dear William,

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.

Best regards,

Professor Topper
Dept of Chemistry
The Cooper Union
New York, NY

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