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Thomas asks…

Can somebody give me a good headline or title for my newspaper article?

I got Walter and Ida noddack the couple that discovered element 75 rhenium. I have to make a good title or headline.. Thanks

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Got ’em

Jenny asks…

How can you change the official standard spellings of periodic elements?

This is not supposed to be a rant but if Noah Webster feels like he needs to oversimplify the English by changing the spellings and meanings, rendering most senseless just to have an american English to spite the British then fine.

If you want to use the outdated and useless Fahrenheit instead of using Celsius or Kelvin, fine.

But surely you can’t change the spelling of elements of the periodic table. The people who discovered these elements gave them a name. You can’t just take the “ph” out of sulphur because you find it easier to spell with an “f.” And out course the obvious “aloominum.”

And explain the difference between a meter and a meter.

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Though of an age still to spell sulphur with a ‘ph’ rather than ‘f’, it’s not particularly unreasonable to change to an ‘f’ as the spelling with ‘ph’ only really goes back to the 1800s when the Victorians decided it would be much more ‘classical’ to use ‘ph’!
Sulphur has been known for a very, very long time as it can be found as the element, so, with no discoverer as such, it’s an element that has had many different names. The Romans called it sulpur, the Greeks θείο (which is where we get the ‘thio’ in out thiosulphate from), the Germans Schwefel, the French soufre and Old English swefel. So it’s the Victorians in England who made the strange change and who got it wrong really, putting in a ‘ph’ where no language ever had ever had one!

As for ‘Aluminum’ that’s just plain sloppy…and not a IUPAC accepted name.

A ‘meter’ is a device that measures something (as in a thermometer); a ‘metre’ is the international SI unit of length and is spelt ‘…re’ everywhere except in the US.

So I might be converted in my old age to putting ‘sulfur’ (but probably not), but I will certainly stick to a metre/centimetre etc.

Lisa asks…

How does electrolysis help find new elements?

The book I am reading states that electrolysis help discover new elements. I understand that electrolysis seperates negative atomic charges from positive atomic charges but how does it prove that there are new elements?
or your mom’s beard right?

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Electrolysis is used primarily to remove unwanted hair, such as your mother’s mustache. When this material is removed, depending on how long and how thickly the area has been thatched, all kinds of unusual elements may be found to have been hiding under there.

I believe that is where they first found Einsteinium. He didn’t actually use electrolysis, he just combed it out after forgetting to wash his face for several months.

Daniel asks…

what will be the average atomic mass of this element? please read description?

suppose that a newly discovered element calle centium has 3 isotopes that occur in nature. these are centium-200, centium-203, and centium-209. assume that these isotopes occur in equal amounts in nature. what will be the average atomic mass of this element?

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It is the weighted mean of the three isotopes. Although you have given us the atomic mass numbers, you haven’t given us the atomic masses – there is a difference. For example, naturally occurring aluminum is 100% Al-27, but its atomic mass is 26.98153 (not 27.0). The deviation from integer values gets larger for higher elements. So for your problem, since we don’t know the individual atomic masses, we can’t calculate the average atomic mass. If the isotopic masses WERE integers (and again, they’re not) the calculation would be

(1/3)200 + (1/3)203 + (1/3)209

Mandy asks…

How do i set up this problem?

The atomic weight of a newly discovered element is 10.600 amu. It has two naturally occuring isotopes. One has a mass of 10.000 and a natural abundance of 70.000%. What is the isotopic mass of the other isotope?

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Let z be the isotopic mass to be found.

((0.70000) (10.000)) + (0.30000 z) = 10.600

Solve for z algebraically:
z = 12.000

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