# A fiery temperament of alkali metals

Chemistry Level 1

The alkali metals are a group in the periodic table consisting of the chemical elements lithium ($$\ce{Li}$$), sodium ($$\ce{Na}$$), potassium ($$\ce{K}$$), rubidium ($$\ce{Rb}$$), cesium ($$\ce{Cs}$$), and francium ($$\ce{Fr}$$). Because of their high reactivity, they must be stored under oil to prevent reaction with air. They are found naturally only in salt and never as a free element. Which of following best explains their high reactivity?

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