Potassium (k)

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Group number-1

Group name- alkali metals


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Metal, non-metal or metalloid?


What State of matter is potassium?

Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Potassium is classified as an "Alkali Metal" and located in Group 1 elements of the Periodic Table. An Element classified as an Alkali Metal is a very reactive metal that does not occur freely in nature. Alkali metals are soft, malleable, ductile, and are good conductors of heat and electricity. Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals. For additional facts and information refer to Potassium Properties

Real world uses

  • Potassium chloride is used as a healthier alternative to table salt.
  • Toughened glass can be made by immersing glass in molten potassium nitrate.
  • Potassium nitrate is the main explosive ingredient in gunpowder