by Rubn Estrella


Platinum is a chemical element with symbol Pt and it,s atomic number is 78. It is a dense, malleable, ductile, highly unreactive, precious, gray-white transition metal. Its name is derived from the Spanish term platina, which is literally translated into "little silver".


The metal had been called platina ("little silver") by the natives. The name was given to the material because it got in the way of mining silver and gold . Since the natives knew of no use for the platina, they thought of it as a nuisance.


Platinum was discovered by South American people who produced artifacts of a white gold-platinum alloy.The element name comes from the Spanish word ‘platina’ meaning little silver.

Interesting facts

Symbol: Pt
Atomic Number: 78
Atomic Mass: 195.078
Melting Point: 1772.0 °C
Boiling Point: 3827.0 °C
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