Silver

By Jennifer Ramirez

Silver; Ag

Silver a very beautiful metal that is used today in many ways, including artifacts, coins, jewelry, Silverware, but its uses is beyond more than what many individuals believe .
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Information of Silver

Silver is Located in the eleventh group on the periodic table. Its Normal Phase is a solid and its classified as a transitional metal. This atom has an atomic mass of 107.87 g, its atomic number is 47 and it holds 47 no. of protons, 61 no. of neutrons and 47 no. of electrons. Silver is known by the Symbol Ag on the periodic table and its melting point is approximately 961.78 C and it has a boiling point of about 2,162 C.
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Where was silver originated?

The discovery of Silver, its time and discoverer are yet unknown but it is estimated that Silver has been around since a 3000 BC and was discovered by Ancient people. The origination of Silver came from the Anglo-Saxon word "seolfor", and the symbol Ag comes from the Latin word Argentum.
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Cost of Silver?

The cost of pure silver in the US is approximately $0.45 per gram for sterling silver is about $0.40 per gram.

Interesting Facts of Silver

  • Silver has two stable Isotypes that are nearly the same abundance, Silver-107 and silver-109.
  • Silver is used to make silverware, jewelry, batteries and in electronic industries because of its electrical conductivity.
  • It is a soft metal that has a shiny metallic, very ductile, and malleable. It is also not very reactive.
  • The Silver compound, Silver Iodine; Agl is used in could seeding to produce rain.
  • Silver nano-particles are sometimes added to clothing as they can prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.
  • Silver is often produced as a result of refining metal such as lead, cooper, gold, nickel or zinc.
  • Silver metal is not toxic to humans. In fact, it can be used as a food decoration. However, most silver salts are toxic. Silver is germicidal, meaning it kills bacteria and other lower organisms.
  • Silver is the best thermal Conductor of any metal. The lines you see in the rear window of a car consist of silver, used to defrost ice in the winter.
  • Silver can exist in its native state. In other words, nuggets or crystals of pure silver exist in nature. Silver also occurs as a natural alloy with gold that is called elect-rum . Silver commonly occurs in copper, lead, and zinc ores.
  • Silver is a very shiny metal. It is the most reflective element that are used in mirrors, telescopes, solar cells and microscopes. Polished silver reflects 95% of the visible light spectrum, although it is not a reflector of UV light.
  • Silver is stable in oxygen and water, but it tarnishes in air because of a reaction with those of sulfur compounds to form a black sulfide layer.

Uses of Silver

Silver is used in the electronics industry because of its electrical conductivity. It is mostly used in high end applications where the cheaper metal is not very effective. It is also used in long life batteries. Other stuff such as mirrors, dental fillings, and nuclear reactors.
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