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Your Questions About How To Discover New Elements

Mary asks…

How did physicists find new elements and how exactly did they know how many electrons/protons they had?

I understand how the newer, lab created, elements were identified but I would like to understand how the natural elements were identified and how their internal properties were isolated.

New Niche Finder answers:

It was early scientists (many of whom were not physicists) and the history is fastinating. If you have a “Handbook of Chemistry and Physics”, there is a section on the elements and it usually lists who discovered the element and when. How they determined they had the individual element and not some combination of different elements was often not easy and it depends on what the chemistry of the element is. Once Mendelev came up with the idea of the Periodic Table (a brilliant idea), people knew where the elements would be (# of protons & elcctrons) when they did find them.

Linda asks…

Is it possible to discover a new element, like Tony Stark did in Iron Man 2?

I mean, I know IT IS POSSIBLE TO DISCOVER NEW ELEMENTS. It would be having Atomic No. more than 102, and hence would be really unstable and radioactive!!!

New Niche Finder answers:

Well we can….science its creation the PERIODIC TABLE has been incomplete. We are up to element 119, as we know they exist…..we just haven’t found them yet. We can predict the existence of many elements……finding them is another thing.

Hope this help 😉

Donald asks…

Have scientists discovered new elements or minerals from meteorites?

Have their been any new discoveries specifically from a meteorite? I’m talking about new elements, minerals or other things not native to this planet.

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I don’t know about meteorites, but a new mineral was found on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts. They named it “armalcolite” in honor of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, the astronauts of Apollo 11. The most interesting thing about meteorites is their advanced age. They are older than any Earth rocks by many hundreds of millions of years, with most of them dating to ~4.55Billion years old. From this age we are able to surmise the age of our solar system and all of its planets.

Paul asks…

Who discovered the element fluorine, what year and how did they?

Please, I’m doing a project for chemisty class and I’ve looked online and there are many different answers. Some say 1771 others say 1886 and there are others too. Also the scientists that discovered it are different too. And I couldn’t find how it was discovered. Thank you so much, yuliya.<3

New Niche Finder answers:

Hey there,
I got your answer Fluorine was discovered by by a chemist named Joseph Henri Moissan in 1886. I even checked this answer with all of my science teachers. They even recondmend that you use this website. Http://www.mvschools.org/ms/projects/html/black/fluorine.htm
Any ways you can use some of the information from each website. I had to do the same thing, but mine was Francium. Good Luck.

George asks…

What is the difference between a chemical element and atom?

If there is no difference then why are elements called elements and not atoms in the periodic table?
Thank you for any help

New Niche Finder answers:

A chemical element, often called simply an element, is a substance that cannot be decomposed or transformed into other chemical substances by ordinary chemical processes. All matter consists of these elements and as of 2006, 117 unique elements have been discovered or artificially created. The smallest particle of such an element is an atom, which consists of electrons centered about a nucleus of protons and neutrons.

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