# 8.6: Group 2, The Alkaline Earth Metals

## The alkaline earth metals

The alkaline earth metals comprise the elements Be through Ra in group 2 of the periodic table, as show in Figure $$\sf{\PageIndex{1}}$$.

Figure $$\sf{\PageIndex{1}}$$. Position of the alkaline earth metals in the periodic table. Adapted from the periodic table at https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/General_Chemistry/Map%3A_Chemistry_-_The_Central_Science_(Brown_et_al.)/02._Atoms%2C_Molecules%2C_and_Ions/2.5%3A_The_Periodic_Table.