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Alloys of sodium and potassium were prepared in vacuum in a specially blown pyrex glass apparatus. Several bulbs containing these alloys of different compositions have been studied at tempera tures ranging from 30° to 250°C. The compositions of these alloys have been determined by gravimetric method. The results show that for the alloys of all compositions the additivity law is obeyed both at room temperature and at higher temperatures. No evidence for the formation of the compound Na2K could be detected from the magnetic study.

A vacuum Curie balance was specially designed for the study of magnetic susceptibilities at higher temperatures. With this apparatus the magnetic study of sodium and potassium was made at different temperatures ranging from 32° to 250°C. Special attention has been paid to the preparation of the specimen. Corrections for all possible errors have been made. The results point out that the susceptibilities of the metals increase with temperature both below and above their melting points. The temperature coefficients of the susceptibility of valence electrons of the two metals are in general agreement with STONER’S theory.