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Mercury Element

on 5 May 2010

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Modern Uses for Mercury
Today, mercury is used for different items such as the folliwing: diffusion pumps, zinc batteries, advertising signs, bitter soda, chlorine work, pesticides, and antifouling paint. Mercury was used for thermometers however, is no longer used in it because mercury is a toxic substance and poses both environmental and health hazards.
When in vapor form, Mercury is found in weak compounds with Neon, Argon, Krypton, and Xenon.
Mercury forms with other compounds such as chloride(HgCl2) to make a poisonous salt, oxide (Hg) to form mercury batteries, and sulfide (HgS) to make vermilion.

Interesting Facts about Mercury:
Mercury can melt in your hand.
Mercury is one of the most toxic elements on the periodic table.
Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.

Element Symbol: Hg
Group Members: Olivia Pearl
Ariel Shin
Michelle Traylor
Period 5
Grade 8
Date Presenting: May 5, 2010 Atomic Number: 80
Atomic mass: 200.59
Classification: Metal
Group: Transition Metal

Historical Information about Mercury
Discovered by Ancient Chinese and Hindus.
Discovered in 1500 B.C.
Found in Egyptian Tombs
Mercury was commonly used for different Medical Remedies such as Syphilis.

Physical and Chemical Properties Cont'd
The melting point of mercury is -38.87ºC.
The boiling point of mercury is 356.58ºC.
Mercury is a noncombustible liquid.
It is insoluble in water.
It is an extremely poisonous metal.

Physical and Chemical Properties
Mercury is a silvery and metallic substance.
It is in a liquid state at room temperature.
It is odorless.
It is ductile, malleable, and a conductor of both energy and heat.
Its density is 13.5336 grams per cubic centimeter.

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