About Group 3 Elements

Do lanthanum and actinium belong to group 3 or lutetium and lawrencium?

According to IUPAC, which pair is correct?

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Lawrencium and Lutetium belong to the transition metals.

Lanthanum and Actinium belong to the rare-earths.

Who cares?...


People who try to arrange elements in the periodic table in a more effective way.

Nice one, Deryck. Another example of people who care are people like me, the elemental OCD's.

the group that something is in is just a helpful rule-of-thumb reminder to its chemical behaviour.

You should know how these elements behave without needing to worry precisely what the IUPAC nomenclature is - you can SEE what they're horizontal and verticle congenors are in the table.

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