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The History and Information on Potassium

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Thomas Welsome

on 17 December 2012

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By: Thomas R. Welsome
Period 6
Room 21 Potassium K What Does the Name and Symbol Mean and where do they come from? The name Potassium comes the English word "potash" (pot ashes) and the symbol comes from the Latin word "Kalium". Example of
"potash" Who Discovered Potassium? Potassium was discovered by Sir Humphrey Davy in 1807 in the UK. And when and where was it discovered? How many Protons, Neutrons, Electrons, and Valence Electrons does Potassium have? Potassium has the following:
19 protons
19 electrons
20 neutrons
1 valence electron Electron dot diagram What are some of the Isotopes for Potassium? Some isotopes for Potassium are:
K-41 What is the element used for? Potassium is used for many things, such as stopping the heart during surgery, kill weeds, transfer heat, make gunpowder, make soap, and used as a lethal injection. Soap Gunpowder What are some of it's Chemical Compounds? Some of Potassium's chemical compounds are hydrides, fluorides, chlorides, bromides, iodides, oxides, sulfides, selenides, tellurides, nitrides, carbonyls, and complexes. What are some of the Health Risks? For some people, a certain amount of Potassium could cause heart problems, stomach issues, kidney issues, and muscle fatigue. Potassium Haiku Watch for the health risks
Don't want to die at this age
So be careful now Potassium Haiku It's in bananas
It's in soap and gunpowder
It's inside of you! Potassium Haiku Sir Humphrey Davy
Our thanks, this element is
So fun to play with! Potassium Haiku Potassium is
An awesome element and
Very explosive Quotes Newton, D.E. 1999. Chemical Elements. The Gale Group: Farmington Hills.
Bentor, Yinon. 1996. Chemical Elements. http://www.chemicalelements.com/ (14 Dec. 2012).
Winter, Mark. 1993. WebElements. http://www.webelements.com/ (14 Dec. 2012).
Melton, Wendy. 2011. Health Risks of Elebated Potassium Levels In Human Body. http://www.livestrong.com/article/391704-health-risks-of-elevated-potassium-levels-in-human-body/ (Dec. 15 2012).
Stwertka, A. 1998. A Guide to The Elements. Oxford University Press, Inc: New York
Gray, T. 2009. The Elements. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc: New York "Potassium is a metal and is the seventh most abundant and makes up about 1.5 % by weight of the earth's crust."
-Winter, 2012 "Potassium is not made by the same method as sodium as might have been expected. This is because the potassium metal, once formed by electrolysis of liquid potassium chloride (KCl), is too soluble in the molten salt."
-Winter, 2012
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