Metal Oxides are ________ in Nature

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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

  1. Acidic
  2. Neutral
  3. Organic
  4. Basic

Metal oxides are basic in nature. Due to their tendency to react with weak acids to produce water and salt, metal oxides are basic in nature.

Why Metal Oxides are Basic in Nature

  • Metal hydroxides are created when metal oxides dissolve in water (alkaline).
  • The nature of non-metal oxides is acidic.
  • In aqueous solutions, elements’ oxides produce hydroxides with the formula A-O-H. Differences in electronegativity determine the species that are formed during ionization.
  • The bond that has a bigger difference in electronegativity between the atoms, or a bond that is more ionic in nature, breaks in a polar solvent like water.
  • On the Pauling scale, hydrogen has an electronegativity of 2.1, while oxygen has a value of 3.44.
  • The O-H bond ruptures, and H+ is released when the element’s electronegativity exceeds 2.1. This stuff is acid. Typically, none of these elements are metals.
  • The A-O bond breaks if the element is metal and its electronegativity is less than 2.1. OH- is freed, and the answer is straightforward. This is how metal oxides form.


Metal Oxides are ________ in Nature.1.Acidic 2.Neutral 3.Organic 4.Basic

Metal oxides are basic in nature because they tend produce water and salt by reacting with weak acids.

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