Problem: Choose the incorrect statement about the alkaline earth metals. (a) The metals are typically prepared by electrolytic reduction of their compounds. (b) Limestone is mostly calcium oxide. (c) The reducing strength of the metals increases down the group. (d) Be2+ is highly polarizing, leading to significant covalent character in beryllium's bonding. (e) The antacid “milk of magnesia” is Mg(OH)2

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Choose the incorrect statement about the alkaline earth metals.

(a) The metals are typically prepared by electrolytic reduction of their compounds.

(b) Limestone is mostly calcium oxide.

(c) The reducing strength of the metals increases down the group.

(d) Be2+ is highly polarizing, leading to significant covalent character in beryllium's bonding.

(e) The antacid “milk of magnesia” is Mg(OH)2

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