Gold

By Vivian Khalil

Name of Element and abbrievation

My element is Gold the abbreviation for it is Au


Why did you choose this element? What made you find this element interesting?

I chose this element because you can make lots of different jewelry and objects with it. Also I found this element interesting as it is so rare that the world pours more steel in one hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history also Gold has been found on every continent in the world.


How did the element get its name? Does it match up to its abbreviation?

Gold gets its name as it originates from the Old English word 'geolo' meaning Yellow. Gold does not match its abbreviation because Au is from the Latin word 'aurum' meaning Gold.


When was it discovered?

Gold was discovered in California in 1848. However , the ancient Egyptians were using gold at least millennium before the common era.


Who discovered the element?

Gold was discovered by James Marshall.




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What does the element look like?

Gold is a yellow, shiny, sparkling metal. It is also dense, soft, shiny, and malleable


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What are the properties/ Characteristics of the element? What is it like at room temperature?

Gold like iron, copper, lead and tin is a metal. Metals are good conductors of heat and electricity and is at a solid state at room temperature. Gold is heavy, it weighs over nineteen times more than water, and it almost twice as heavy as lead.

Just one ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet that measures roughly 5 meters on a side.

Thin sheets of gold, that are called gold leaf, are used in arts and crafts for gilding.

At room temperature gold is solid.

Why is it important to preserve or do to keep creating this element? What is it used for?

It is important to preserved Gold as it is a precious metal. We use gold for Jewelry, Financial purposes, electronics, computers, dentistry, medical uses, aerospace, Gold awards and status symbols.


Two things I found unusual about this Element?

1.The biggest gold nugget that has ever been found weighed approximately 90 kilogram and was unearthed in Australia.


2. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be moulded with the hands.

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