BY OLA ZURIKE
What is sodium?
How did sodium get its name? Does it match its abbreviation?
Sodium was named after the English word 'soda' and the word sodanum from Medieval Latin. Sodanum in Latin means 'headache remedy'. No, it doesn't match its abbreviation.
The Discovery of Sodium
Sodium was discovered by Sir Humphrey Davy at 1807 in England. Origin of name: from the English word "soda" (the origin of the symbol Na comes from the Latin word "natrium").
What does it look like at room temperature?
Characteristics/Properties of Sodium
Boiling point: 882.8 degrees Centigrade
Unusual facts about Sodium
Elemental sodium is highly toxic if you ate it as is...
Sodium makes up over 2.5% percent of the earth's crust.
Why is it important?
Sodium is an essential element for animal nutrition. In humans, sodium is important for maintaining fluid balance in the cells and throughout the body. The electric potential maintained by sodium ions is critical for nerve function.