by John Hoffman
Rubidium by the Numbers
Mass Number: 85
# of Protons: 37
# of Neutrons: 48
# of Electrons: 37
Where is Rubidium found, and what does it look like?
What are some properties of Rubidium?
- Rubidium is soft and highly malleable.
- Rubidium is highly reactive to many different elements.
- Rubidium is highly flammable and can spontaneously combust.
- Being a metal, Rubidium is a good conductor.
How was Rubidium Discovered
Discoverers of Rubidium
Real-World uses for Rubidium
- Rubidium can be used for rocket fuel.
- Rubidium collects on tumors and passes by healthy tissue, making it useful for detecting brain tumors.
- Rubidium can be used in atomic clocks, but it is not the best element for that use.
- Rubidium is also sometimes used to create purple fireworks.
Additional Rubidium Facts
- Rubidium reacts violently to water, creating a highly flammable gas.
- Rubidium tends spontaneously combust when in contact with air.
- Rubidium is the 16th most common element in the earth's crust.
- Rubidium's name comes from the Greek word for "deepest red".
- Most animal species (including humans) do occasionally consume trace amounts of Rubidium (due to its similarity to Potassium).
- Rubidium is harmless if consumed in trace quantities.
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