ELEMENT PROJECT

 

You will prepare a foldable summarizing information about an element of your choice. This project will be counted as a major grade for this third six weeks. It will be due on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 . The foldable will follow the instructions given by your instructor. The information given should be typed or neatly written, spelled correctly, and in correct grammar. The amount of information you can find may vary depending on the element you have chosen. However, most of the basic information is available, although you may need to consult several references.

 

The following is a list of information that should be included in your summary of your element.

 

1. Introduction—Identify your element by giving its name, symbol, and the origin of its name.

 

2. Periodic table information---Give information about its location on the periodic table. Include atomic #, atomic mass, group # and name, period #, electron configuration and block location.

 

3. Summary of its discovery --- tell the story of who, how, where, and when your element was discovered (or produced synthetically, if that is the case). Include any unique and interesting facts.

 

4. Sources---Where is it found? How abundant is it? If naturally occurring, is it found in its pure form? How is it obtained from the earth, atmosphere, oceans, etc.? If artificially produced, summarize the processes used. If possible, give specific information, which might include procedures, and equations that summarize processes used.

 

5. Physical Properties---Summarize some of its physical properties, i.e., state, density, melting point, boiling point, and any other special properties (color, luster, brittleness, conductivity, etc. that may apply to your specific element. Include a sample or picture (preferably in color) of your element.

 

6. Chemical Properties----Summarize some chemical properties of your element. Include whether it is a metal, nonmetal, or metalloid. Use the electron configuration to determine what ion your element forms (if any). Cite its reactivity with other elements by giving some examples of compounds it forms.

 

7. Uses---List several uses of the element or of its compounds, especially applications in medicine, technology, industry, etc. Include one unique or interesting use specific to that element if at all possible. Indicate the importance of these uses in our everyday lives and activities.

 

8. Include a bibliography listing books, articles, specific web sites, etc. used as sources of information for this project.