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The alkaline earth metals are the chemical elements found in Group 2 of the periodic table. These elements include Beryllium, Magnesium, Calcium, Barium, Strontium and Radium. these elements are soft, silver metals that are less metallic in character than the Group 1 elements. Although many characteristics are common throughout the group, the heavier metals such as Ca, Sr, Ba, and Ra are almost as reactive as the Group 1 Alkali Metals. All the elements in Group 2 have two electrons in their valence shells, giving them an oxidation state of +2.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1246120