Q: What are the lanthanides and actinides?
What are the lanthanides and actinides?
- Lanthanides and actinides are elements with unfilled f orbitals.
- Lanthanides are all metals with reactivity similar to group 2 elements.
- Actinides are all radioactive elements.
- Lanthanides are used in optical devices (night vision goggles), petroleum refining, and alloys.
- Actinides are found primarily in applications where their radioactivity can be used to power devices such as cardiac pacemakers.