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Which one of the following order is correct for the increasing thermal stabilities of $K_2CO_3,MgCO_3,CaCO_3$ and $BeCO_3$?

$\begin{array}{1 1}(a)\;BeCO_3 < MgCO_3 < CaCO_3 < K_2CO_3\\(b)\;MgCO_3 < BeCO_3 < CaCO_3 < K_2CO_3\\(c)\;K_2CO_3 < MgCO_3 < CaCO_3 < BeCO_3\\(d)\;BeCO_3 < MgCO_3 < K_2CO_3 < CaCO_3\end{array}$

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$BeCO_3 < MgCO_3 < CaCO_3 < K_2CO_3$
The thermal stability of Group II carbonates increases as we descend the group. Beryllium carbonate decomposing most easily.
Hence (a) is the correct answer.
answered Mar 10, 2014 by sreemathi.v
edited Mar 19, 2014 by balaji.thirumalai
 

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