• Question: why does sodium salts have more uses than the metal itself.

    Asked by star45zip to Souvik, Sabine, Maria, John, Faye, Armin on 9 Nov 2019.
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      Souvik Kundu answered on 9 Nov 2019:

      It’s a very highly reactive metal so getting metal alone is a very difficult thing. It is available as various salts(common salt is Sodium Chloride, NaCl) and most of its salts are water soluble. Those salts have various uses from cooking or use in food to chemical reactions in laboratories.

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      Maria McNamara answered on 19 Nov 2019:

      Sodium is super-reactive and doesn’t want to exist in isolation. Remember it’s got only one electron in its outer shell so elemental sodium is really unstable and is much more stable combined with other elements.