N Nitrogen

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Uses Of Nitrogen

Nitrogen tanks are also used as paintball gun power sources. These elements have proven to be so effective in this regard they have replaced carbon dioxide. This non-metallic chemical element can be used to fill aircraft and some vehicle tires. The same element is found in military aircraft fuel systems to combat fire hazards. Other common uses for the element are in steel production and in high voltage equipment.

This element can be found in the atmosphere. Nitrogen is also present in other forms. When people think of nitrogen, they immediately associate it with the air. But it is also part of the food they eat every day. Since its discovery, scientists have learned a lot about it. Today nitrogen is commercially available. The most common types are nitrous oxide and supercoolant liquid nitrogen.

The element is present in all living organisms; plants, animals and people. It is the primary figure in amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It is also the basis for neurotransmitters, RNA and DNA. The element is also required in plants and is part of chlorophyll pigment. This is what allows plants to change sunlight into energy.

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10 Nitrogen Facts

1. Nitrogen is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.

2. Nitrogen gas (N2) makes up 78.1% of the volume of the Earth's air.

3. Nitrogen is a nonmetal.

4. Nitrogen gas is relatively inert, but soil bacteria can 'fix' nitrogen into a form that plants and animals can use to make amino acids and proteins.

5. The French chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier named nitrogen azote, meaning without life.

6. Nitrogen was sometimes referred to as 'burnt' or 'dephlogisticated' air, since air that no longer contains oxygen is almost all nitrogen. The other gases in air are present in much lower concentrations.

7. Nitrogen compounds are found in foods, fertilizers, poisons, and explosives. your body is 3% nitrogen by weight.

8. Nitrogen is responsible for the orange-red, blue-green, blue-violet, and deep violet colors of the aurora.

9. One way to prepare nitrogen gas is by liquefaction and fractional distillation from the atmosphere.

10. Nitrogen has a valence of 3 or 5.

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