Can Following Groups Of Elements Be Classified As Dobereiners Triads

Can the following groups of elements be classified as Dobereiner’s triads? (a) Na, Si, Cl (b) Be, Mg, … ; Si – 28; Cl -…

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(a) No. This is because the elements Na, Si and Cl do not have similar properties even though the atomic mass of middle element Si is almost equal to the average atomic mass of first element Na and third element Cl.

(b) Yes. This is because the elements Be, Mg and Ca have similar properties and the atomic mass of middle element Mg is almost equal to the average atomic mass of first element Be and third element Ca.