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    Why does aluminium ions react with sodium hydroxide to produce aluminium hydroxide but the reaction of aluminium with sodium hydroxide produces no reaction? what is really the difference and why?
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    Aluminium ions have + charges and are not as stable as just aluminium. Aluminium solid is stable and is happy, aluminium ion however has a charge and is attracted to/ attracts electrons. Aluminium is more electronegative than sodium (from the sodium hydroxide) as it has more protons than sodium. Therefore is displaces sodium in NaOH as the OH (which is - charged) is more strongly attracted to the aluminium ion. Hope this helps )
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