Iron: The Element!
Iron is a VERY useful element. You use it everyday! Here are some things to know about this amazing element:
Atomic Number: 26
Atomic Mass: 55.845 amu
Atomic/Chemical Symbol- Fe
Number of Protons/Electrons- 26
Number of Neutrons- 30
Group (on the periodic table)- 8
Period (on the periodic table)- 4
Discovered in the Ancient Times, nobody knows exactly who or when it was discovered because of how long ago it was discovered.
Iron is the 4th most common element in the world. Iron can be found anywhere in the world. It is found underground. It is very cheap, and much of it is found in CHINA. (Made in China) :)
Where can iron be found?
Iron can be found in MANY places! One surprising place it could be found is... Your body! Iron is found in your body. It is found in your red blood cells. Iron is also found on your fridge! In a magnet, to be more specific. Iron is one of the three magnetic metals. It is used in magnets everyday. Iron is also used for construction. Many buildings, bridges and skyscrapers are made of iron. Many fences are also made of iron. Cast iron is used for making pots, pans, skillets, and other kitchen supplies.
-It's a Metal!
-Melting Point: 2800°F
-Boiling Point: 5182°F
-Density: 7.874 grams per cubic centimeter
-State of Matter: Solid
-Color- When Iron is first mined, it is a greyish silvery color.
HOW IS IRON USED?
Here's the big question! HOW is Iron used?
Well, first, here are some everyday examples:
This one's a big one! There are only three metals which are magnetic and IRON is one of them! You use magnets everyday!!
BUILDINGS AND FENCES
Many skyscrapers, buildings, and fences are made with iron! Iron is a very strong element, and is good for construction.
Steel is surprisingly made of IRON! Steel is used to make many, MANY things!
VEHICLES AND MACHINERY
Many of our cars and machinery are made of iron, mostly in steel form.