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Lithium forms lithium oxide, ${ Li }_{ 2 }O$, whereas other alkali metals of Group IA form peroxides or superoxides when reacted with oxygen.

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the ionization energy of lithium is largest among​ other alkali metals.


greater stability of ${ Li }_{ 2 }O $ is​ found in the solid state.


the lattice energy of ${ Li }_{ 2 }O$ is larger.


these oxides are ionic and peroxides are covalent compounds.​

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