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ever seen sodium dropped into water? I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that! ❌💥 sodium (Na) belongs to a special group of metals called the alkali metals which are all a 🤬pretty reactive bunch🤬 due to their atomic makeup (a single outer valence electron) . These metals react violently with water to produce a metal hydroxide and hydrogen gas. You know what else has a lot of water in..? YOU! 💧 Us humans are about 70%ish water, so let's not get sodium METAL anywhere near us! Sodium chloride (NaCl) , on the other hand, is a stable IONIC compound, a special type of substances that are super stable and dissolve well in water without any crazy reactions! This is because sodium reacts really well with chlorine (Cl) and once they form a molecule together - they don't feel like reacting much more! Chlorine is a perfect match for sodium as it wants an extra electron that sodium has up for grabs. The result? A match made in heaven 💕 Sodium chloride salt. stable, safe (in moderate amounts 🍟) and naturally occuring in the ocean 🌎