. What is the nature (acidic/basic) of the following oxides

(a) Magnesium oxide

(b) Sulphur dioxide

Given reason for your choice

Best Answer

Magnesium is a metal. Metals react with oxygen to form metallic oxides. These Hence, Magnesium oxides are basic in nature. On the other hand, nonmetals react with oxygen to form nonmetallic oxides. These oxides differ from metallic oxides because they are acidic in nature. Nonmetallic oxides react with water to form acids. Therefore, Sulphur dioxide is acidic in nature. Magnesium oxide is basic in nature

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