The Cooltastic Life of Calcium Chloride
Hi, my name is calcium chloride and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I spend most of my days on the roads as road salt because I’m great at lowering the freezing point of water, preventing ice from forming. I also don’t damage plants as much as other salts, so I’ll keep plants and soil on the roadside out of harm. If you want to find me somewhere year round then I suggest you check out some sports drinks or just some random beverage as I can commonly be found as an electrolyte in them. Another common place to find me is in canned vegetables and in firming soybean curds into tofu. But perhaps the most common place to find me is in a swimming pool, oh the glorious days I spend there. I increase the water hardness in them, reducing the erosion of the concrete in the pool.
My chemical formula is made of two elements from the periodic table, calcium and chlorine. There is two atoms of chlorine and one atom of calcium in each of my molecules, as seen above. Also, particles are smaller parts of atoms. If you brake my molecule apart you will no longer have me (BOO!) but three atoms of the elements making me, two chlorine and one calcium. If you brake those apart you will no longer have the two elements forming me either, you will have smaller parts of the atoms, particles. My molecules are what make up the substance CaCl2, me. Amazing, right? That is how an element, molecule, atom, and particle all play a role in me and therefore have a relationship to the wonderful me.