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.
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.