Journals of a Scientist...

January 3, 1869

Is fluorspar a pure element? No, it can't be.

What elements are in Fluorspar (used as a flux in the making of metals)? I know it has calcium.

What element is in Hydrofluoric gas (used for etching glass and metal) ? I know one element's Hydrogen.

What element is in sodium Fluoride (used in toothpaste)? I know it has Sodium already.

There are so many questions.

March 12, 1869

I've been researching for a long time now and I think there is an element that we haven't determined. I believe it is a very reactive material because fluorspar reacts a lot. I will call this element "Fluorine".

April 30, 1869

I am almost 100% sure that fluorine exists. I have to prove this by isolating Fluorine. It won't be easy.

May 23, 1869

I thought I had it. It never occurred to me that Fluorine would just bond with hydrogen gas. I tried to isolate Fluorine for the first time. There were explosive results. Many of my friends suffered. I destroyed the whole lab.

Our lab

June 18 1880...

I've gained some basic information about Fluorine.

  • The atomic number is 9.
  • The atomic mass is 19.00.
  • Fluorine has 9 protons, 9 electrons and 10 neutrons in it's nucleus.
  • Fluorine is very dangerous.
  • Fluorine is in the Halogens family.
  • Fluorine can bond with any element except Argon, Neon and Helium.
  • Fluorine is the most reactive element.
  • Very dangerous!

August 21, 1886

Finally! I have isolated Fluorine with the process of electrolysis. It is amazing! It's the first time seeing Fluorine by itself.

Physical Properties:

  • It is a pale yellow gas at room temperature.
  • Fluorine is the lightest in it's family.
  • Fluorine has a pungent smell.

Chemical Properties

  • Very corrosive
  • Water burns in Fluorine

August 30, 1886

Just us fooling around...

September 10, 1886

With further research, it turns out that Fluorine is needed.

Animals need Fluorine to strengthen their teeth and bones and we need animals to live.

Fluorine is important commercially: Fluorine is in toothpaste and toothpaste is a big marketing industry. Without the help of toothpaste, our teeth would most likely rot.

Fluorine is in non-organic foods. Without food, we wouldn't be able to do daily tasks. Fluorine is in non-organic food because Fluorine is in pesticides.

Fluorine is used to purify metals. Metals are used almost everywhere.

Fluorine is used to manufacture silicon chips. Silicon chips are used in computers and other electronics.

October 14 1886

Fun Facts:

  • Doctors are trying to make artificial blood that contains Fluorine.
  • Fluorine is in tap water.
  • Fluorine is the thirteenth most abundant element in the Earth's crust.


Fluorine: the essentials. (n.d.). . Retrieved , from http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/element/9/fluor...

It's elemental. (n.d.). . Retrieved , from http://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele009.htm...

Fluorine Element Facts. (n.d.). . Retrieved , from http://www.chemicool.com/elements/fluorine.html

Hasan, H. (2007). Understanding the Elements of the Periodic Table FLUORINE. New York: The Rosan Publishing Group.

THE ELEMENTS Fluorine. (2004). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corperation.

(btw, this is a fictional journal with facts.)

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