|Alkali Metals included on the Periodic Table based on the IOUPAC 1985 standard|
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|What are Alkali Metals? Define Alkali Metals
Alkali Metals are used as a term in Periodic Chemistry when classifying the chemical elements. Each element can usually be classified as a metal or a non-metal based on their general Physical and Chemical Properties. These metals are any of the metallic elements within Group 1 in the Periodic Table (see the List of Alkali metals). They are soft metallic elements that form alkali solutions when they combine with water. The alkali metals have one electron in their outer shell, and therefore react easily with other elements and are found in nature only in compounds – see Examples of Compounds.