Which of the following metals are stored in kerosene?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

(A) Potassium and Sodium

(B) Gold and Silver

(C) Silicon and Mercury

(D) Aluminum and Calcium

Potassium (K) and Sodium (Na) are stored in kerosene. In addition to sodium, kerosene oil is used to store lithium, cesium, and potassium metals because they can all react with water or oxygen.

Reason Behind Storing Potassium (K) and Sodium (Na) in Kerosene

  • These metals are very reactive with airborne oxygen, carbon dioxide, and moisture.
  • It easily reacts with the oxygen in the air and catches fire if left in the open.
  • It won’t react with it since kerosene is a combination of hydrocarbons.
  • The following is the reaction’s flow (sodium is used as an example, but any Group 1 metal might be used):

2Na(s) + 2H2 O(l) –> 2NaOH(aq) + H2 (g)

During the reaction, hydrogen gas is created. more powerful reactions (potassium, rubidium, and cesium).


Which of the following metals are stored in kerosene? (A) Potassium and Sodium (B) Gold and Silver (C) Silicon and Mercury (D) Aluminum and Calcium

Kerosene stores sodium (Na) and potassium (K). It is used to store cesium, lithium, and potassium metals as it can react with oxygen and water. Both chemical elements are highly reactive in nature at room temperature.

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