Mammoth Memory

Remembering the reactivity series of metals

Here’s a story that should help you remember the order of metals in the reactivity series, from top to bottom, most reactive to least reactive:

In the reactivity series metal reactivity has its own list
The potato king (potassium - K) was worried about a plague of gnats attracted by the large amounts of … 



Sodium is below potassium but is very reactive
… soda (sodium - Na) being drunk in his kingdom. He issued a decree banning soda pop drinking.



Lithium is below sodium and is still very reactive
Soda was the favourite drink of a lethal mum (lithium - Li) living in the kingdom, and she threatened to shoot anyone who went along with his decree.



Calcium is reactive but now not as much as the three above
However, the lethal mum’s bony cat (calcium - Ca) persuaded her and everyone else to drink milk instead.



Magnesium is below calcium and is reactive
The increase in discarded milk cartons led to a plague of maggots (magnesium - Mg) which got into everything.



Aluminium is below and is reactive
The local alligators (aluminium - Al) loved the maggots. They ate mounds of them and grew extremely large.



Carbon is below aluminium and is less reactive

They became so big and strong that when they crossed the road, cars just bounced off them and burst into flames. Some burning cars landed in the sea (carbon – C).



Zinc is reactive but less than carbon
One car collided with a boat carrying a Zulu and a nun, causing it to sink (zinc - Zn).



Iron reacts but slowly
The nun and the Zulu swam ashore. The nun removed her habit and socks and waited for them to dry in the sun. The Zulu used an iron with his feet (iron - Fe) to get the wrinkles out of them for her.



Tin reacts less than iron
The iron hit a lump in a pocket, which turned out to be a tin of snails (tin - Sn). The tin was split open and suddenly a snail shot out and …



Lead reacts less than tin
 … did a P.B. (personal best) time rolling away. (Only snails that feed on peanut butter (lead – Pb) can do this!)



Hydrogen reacts less than lead
 A dragon hovering high above (hydrogen – H) swooped down and snapped up the snail in its huge claws.




Copper is less reactive than hydrogen and is a good material for water pipes
As it rested later, the dragon was approached by a policeman (copper - Cu) who said: “No dragons allowed to fly here! See you in court!”



Silver is less reactive than copper
At the court hearing, two silverback gorillas (silver – Ag) appeared for the dragon …



Gold is less reactive in the nonreactive section
… and a goldfish (gold – Au) put the case for the prosecution.



Platinum is less reactive than gold
The judge was a platypus with platinum hair (platinum – Pt).


However, the case had to be abandoned as the judge fell asleep and could not be awakened for the rest of the day. Remember, the lower a metal is in the reactivity series, the less reactive is it – and platinum is right at the bottom, marking the end of our story.

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