Where would you expect to find zinc and calcium on the periodic table?

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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You would expect to find zinc in the transitions metal and calcium on the far left where metals are located.

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william1941 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Zinc and Calcium form compound by losing electrons which are in their outermost shell. By doing so, they form positive ions. Both of them have 2 electrons in their outermost levels.

Calcium should be found in group 2 and Zinc in the group 10 of the periodic table. This has been predicted using the number of electrons in the last two shells of Ca which is 8, 2 resp. and is 18, 2, respectively for Zn.

Elements with 2 electrons in the outermost shell and 8 electrons in the shell before that should have properties similar to Ca. Similarly elements with 18 electrons in the shell before the outermost and 2 electrons in the outermost shell should have the properties of Zn.