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Trivialities of Chemical Elements

Everyone loves sports and that is the talk of the town. Knowing the winner is a great asset, because that is a great ice breaker in a conversation. Knowing it makes you a person fun to be with.

Chemical trivialities are also ice breakers and fun things to talk about. You attract attention for being knowlegeable about chemical elements. These trivialities are zests of life.

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  • Tell some trivialities of the chemical elements.
  • Zests of Chemical Elements

    The first known element, dirt (chemical symbol De), was characterized by Zog the Neanderthal somewhere in southern Europe before fire was invented. The second known element, rock (chemical symbol Rk) was discovered soon after.

    Two most abundant elements in the Earth's crust are, oxygen and silicon, which can be found, for example, in sand (SiO2). Aluminum and iron are the next two most abundant elements.

    The only element that was named after a LIVING person was Seaborgium. Because he was still alive (and they could prove it), the international committee debated for some time whether to name it after him.

    The element with the highest boiling point 5930 K, tungsten was used for the filament of light bulbs by Edison. The one with the lowest boiling point, is helium and not the lightest element hydrogen, since a hydrogen gas consists of H2 molecules.

    In principle, a bar of phosphorus may be used as a thermometer, because of its greatest linear thermal expansion. However, it is not reliable. Besides, it may ignite spontaneously in air.

    Why do diamonds stay in a diamond ring? They have the smallest known thermal expansion coefficient.

    Of all elements in solid state, the densest element is osmium (22.6 g/mL), not gold. Iridium is next (22.42), followed by platinum, rhenium, neptunium, plutonium and gold.

    In terms of electric conductivity, the coinage metals are the best. Silver, copper and gold so ordered, with aluminium in line as the next best. Alkali metals are good conductors, but they are not stable in air.

    A light element with atomic number 43 does not naturally exist. In fact, the name of technetium, is derived from the Greek word, technikos which means artificial.

    Late in its discovery is francium, an alkali metal which is highly reactive. All its isotopes are radioactive.

    The shortest name of elements is tin, Sn. This is one of the rare names for metal that does not end with "ium". The longest name are protactinium and praseodymium, all 12-letter long.

    The melting point of gallium is 302 K (29oC). This element is a solid at room temperature, but in a room in the tropic climate, it is a liquid. It also melts in your hand (body temperature 310 K).

    It's fun to read these little facts about elements. Its chemistry and history are full of mysteries. At last. Do you know that there are only two element names end with a "y"? What are they? They are antimony and mercury.

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