Dissolution of alkali metals in liquid ammonia

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Dissolution of alkali metals in liquid ammonia

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The alkali metals dissolve in liquid ammonia giving deep blue solutions which are conducting in nature.

\( M + (x + y ) NH_3 \rightarrow [ M (NH_3)_x]^+ + [ e (NH_3)_y ]^-\)

What is x and y in the above equation?

How to interpret the above chemical equation?
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Re: Dissolution of alkali metals in liquid ammonia

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It can be every number.
At least its Na => Na+ + e-
Sodium and the electron are solvated in ammonia.
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So, (x + y) is a stoichiometry coefficient. Isn't it?
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You can say so
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