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Your Questions About How To Discover New Elements

Charles asks…

Who is the dicoverer of the element Mercury?

I know that it’s been related to the ancient times but I really got to know who actually discovered it as an element. It’s number 80 on the periodic table and it’s symbol is Hg can anyone help?

New Niche Finder answers:

It was first recognized as a chemical element (in the modern sense) by Antoine L. Lavoisier about the end of the 18th century.

Donald asks…

1)What did Moseley discover that influenced the organization of the modern periodic table?

2)What changes occurs in the properties of elements as you move across a period from left to right?

New Niche Finder answers:

1) He used atomic number rather than atomic mass in the organization of the elements.
2) As you go from left to right across the table the elements atomic numbers increase.

I’ve provided some links that support my answers.

Hope this helps!

Chris asks…

Who discovered the element Carbon, when was it dicovered?

What are current and past uses for the element Carbon.
Abundance in Nature.

New Niche Finder answers:

Carbon was known to the ancients. Carbon is the basis for all organic chemistry and for nearly all biological processes. Carbon is typically locked up in other molecules, in relative abundance on the earth. It is also found in the cores of heavy stars.

William asks…

what tests could i perform before concluding something is a metal?

Again, lets pretend I have discovered a new element (Im doing well today :-)

I claim that it is a metal, so some boffin physicist decides to come and test to see whether its true.

Whats the minimum number of tests he could perform, before concluding that yes, this new element is definitely is metal?

New Niche Finder answers:

Is it shiny?

Is it malleable?

Does it conduct electricity?

David asks…

How are elements of the periodic table found and classified?

My secret question of the day: How are elements of the periodic table found?

There are over 100 elements in the periodic table but how are they founded and classified as an element?

New Niche Finder answers:

Mendelleve (sp?) created the periodic table…he left a few boxes blank in the original cause he knew elements were missing…scientists discover them from rock or air particles

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