Posted by: tpsciencefun | September 19, 2011

Periodic Table Interactive Fun

Hurry, hurry, calling all chemistry fans. Step right up and get the facts!!

Discover what you know and what you want to know about the amazing building blocks of EVERYTHING—- THE ELEMENTS.

Click here to learn all about the elements of the periodic table.  Pick any element you’d like to know more about and voila… information galore!!
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Carbon Chemical & Physical Properties
By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., Guide
Diamond is one form of pure carbon.


Atomic Number: 6

Symbol: C

Atomic Weight: 12.011

Discovery: Carbon exists free in nature and has been known since prehistoric time.

Electron Configuration: [He]2s22p2

Word Origin: Latin carbo, German Kohlenstoff, French carbone: coal or charcoal

Properties: Carbon is found free in nature in three allotropic forms: amorphous (lampblack, boneblack), graphite, and diamond. A fourth form, ‘white’ carbon, is thought to exist. Diamond is one of the hardest substances, with a high melting point and index of refraction.

Uses: Carbon forms numerous and varied compounds with limitless applications. Many thousands of carbon compounds are integral to life processes. Diamond is prized as a gemstone and is used for cutting, drilling, and as bearings. Graphite is used as a crucible for melting metals, in pencils, for rust protection, for lubrication, and as a moderator for slowing neutrons for atomic fission. Amorphous carbon is used for removing tastes and odors.

Element Classification: Non-Metal

Density (g/cc): 2.25 (graphite)

Melting Point (K): 3820

Boiling Point (K): 5100



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