Wii - What's Inside of It

Created by Yusuf Azam

What is a "Wii"

The Wii is one of the most popular video game consoles of all time. It has sold over 100 million units around the world, making Nintendo's system the fifth best selling gaming console of all time. Even with so much popularity, not a lot of people ever asked what is actually inside of it. Well, we are here to answer exactly that.

What is Inside of It

The Wii consists of many elements such as;
  • Copper- It is one of the materials that makes the Wii's outer shell. This element is most commonly mined in Chile, China, and Peru.
  • Silicon- It is found in the Wii's computer chip because its atomic structure makes an excellent semiconductor. This element is most commonly mined in China, Russia, and the United States.
  • Aluminium- It is found in the power cord of the Wii. This element is most commonly mined in China, Russia, and Canada.
  • Gold- It is also found in the Wii's computer chip. This element is most commonly mined in China, Australia, and Russia.

Silicon

Silicon (Si) is a non-metallic element that is found in the earth's crust, which makes up 25.7% of it. It is also the second most abundant element ever.


Physical properties of silicon;

  • Color- Dark gray

  • State- Solid

  • Luster- Metallic shine

  • Solubility in water- Insoluble

  • Conductivity- It is a semiconductor


Chemical properties of silicon;

  • Atomic number- 14
  • Atomic mass- 28
  • Combustibility- No
  • Melting Point- 1410 °C
  • Corrosive- No


Elements with which silicon easily reacts and forms compounds;

  • Oxygen- Silicon oxide (SO2)
  • Iodine- Silicon tetraiodide (SiI4)
  • Chlorine- Silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4)
  • Fluorine- Silicon tetrafluoride (SiF4)
  • Sulfur- Silicon sulphide- (SiS2)
  • Nitrogen- Trisilicon tetranitride- (Si3N4)

These compounds are molecular because silicon and the other elements are made up of nonmetals.

Is a Wii Recyclable?

One of the disappointing facts about the Wii is that it isn't recyclable. This is due to the heavy plastic material that is in game console. After the use of the Wii is over, most of it is sent overseas, commonly to underdeveloped countries such as China. Over there, the process of recovering the materials can be very harmful to the ecosystem and human health.

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