Sodium flyer

By: Steven Schaffer

History of Sodium

  • Sodium was discovered by Sir Humphrey Davy in 1807 in England.
  • The name "sodium" came from the word "soda".
  • Its symbol Na in originated from the Latin word "natrium".
  • It's Atomic number is 11 and it's atomic weight is 22.990.
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Uses/facts about sodium

  • Sodium is used to make table salt (NaCl) when it is combined with chloride.
  • Sodium is the 6th most abundant element in the Earth's crust.
  • Sodium reacts violently with water.
  • It is used as a salt in many fertilizers.
  • Sodium vapor is used in street lights and it emits a yellow light.
  • Sodium can create many compounds such as soda ash (Na2CO3), table salt (NaCl), baking soda (NaHCO3), and more.

Sodium in humans (Biology)

  • Sodium is a major part of the human diet.
  • It is found in huge amounts in underground deposits.

Geology (Sodium in the universe)

  • It is never found in nature because it is too reactive to belong there.
  • Also, it is found in the Earth's crust.
  • Salt came from salt water.

Properties of sodium

  • Sodium is an alkali metal (it is very reactive especially with water).
  • And it is a silvery white color.