Sodium

Paige Kelly, Block 4

Introduction

Some of the physical properties of sodium are its boiling point is 1621 degrees Fahrenheit, the melting point 207.9, and the density is 0.968 grams. Some of the chemical properties are oxygen, hydrogen, and water. Since sodium is highly reactive, you cannot find it as a pure substance but you can find it in the earth's crust in many minerals. Sodium hydroxide, Sodium fluoride, and sodium chloride are all common compounds made from sodium. The reactivity of sodium is very high. The isotopes range from 18Na to 37Na. Sodium is non-toxic but may cause irritation and burns if contacted to skin.

Sodium's Story

HI I'm Sodium! I am just a little guy weighing 23 grams. I tend to be soft, silvery, and a white metal. I have a density that is lower than water's density. That makes me float very well. My full name is sodium, but some of my friends call me "Na" for short.


I, Sodium, was adopted way back in 1806 by Sir Humphry Davy, when he discovered me. I was separated from my brothers in 1807. When Davy isolated me for the first time by electrolysis of molten sodium hydroxide. My ancestors were alkali metals. I too am a alkali metal!


Currently I am living on the "PT" for short, the periodic table. My Neighbors are Lithium, Magnesium, and Potassium. I react more than my buddy Lithium, but less than "K". Myself and my neighboring elements attend many checkups with our scientists. Last week I learned my boiling point and my melting point!

Sodium