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2 Interesting Facts about Period 3 Elements

2 Interesting Facts about Period 3 Elements

Riddhi Bhattacharya

Welcome to part 2 in the Chemical Element Facts Series! Discover interesting facts about period 2 chemical elements in the periodic table and embark on a chemical journey!

11. Facts – Sodium

Sodium facts
  • It helps to maintain the proper fluid balance in the body’s cells and also helps us to digest our food. Our bodies lose sodium when we sweat.
  • Sodium is an abundant element. It’s found in the sun and many other stars. It is the sixth most abundant element on Earth, comprising about 2.6% of the earth’s crust. It is the most abundant alkali metal.

12. Facts – Magnesium

  • Magnesium is the 11th-most abundant element in the human body by mass. Magnesium ions are found in every cell in the body.
  • About 60% of the magnesium in the human body is found in the skeleton, 39% in the muscle tissue, with 1% being extracellular.

13. Facts – Aluminium

Aluminium
  • Aluminum alloys are strong and lightweight enough to be ideal for space structures and satellites. Because of its shock-resistant properties, aluminum is used for the windows of the International Space Station (ISS) in order to protect the windows from impact. It is also used for spacecraft because of its weight and resistance to heat – and, once compounded – to corrosion and rust.
  • Being a highly recyclable metal, nearly 75% of aluminum from the beginning of the industry is used until today.

14. Facts – Silicon

Silicon
  • Gorgeous gemstones like amethyst, onyx, and agate are all made of silica. In each rock, the silica molecules are arranged in repeating 3D geometries called crystal structures. Different arrangements, as well as small impurities in the rock, give each gemstone its unique appearance.
  • Silica also forms the cell walls of diatoms, a type of algae found all over the world. Diatoms, which come in a mesmerizing variety of shapes, can live in both fresh and saltwater. When they die, their cell walls can accumulate into chalky deposits of “diatomaceous earth,” which we use in all sorts of things, from cat litter to toothpaste.

15. Facts – Phosphorus

Phosphorus
  • Some texts refer to phosphorus as the “Devil’s Element” because of its eerie glow, tendency to burst into flame, and because it was the 13th known element.
  • Brand called the new element “cold fire” because it glowed in the dark. The name of the element comes from the Greek word phosphoros, which means “bringer of light.” The form of phosphorus Brand discovered was white phosphorus, which reacts with oxygen in air to produce a green-white light.

16. Facts – Sulfur

Sulfur
  • At room temperature and pressure, sulfur is a yellow solid. It’s usually seen as a powder, but it forms crystals, too. One interesting feature of the crystals is that they spontaneously change shape according to temperature. To observe the transition, melt sulfur, allow it to cool until it crystallizes, and observe the crystal shape over time.
  • Some organisms are able to use sulfur compounds as an energy source. An example is cave bacteria, which produce special stalactites called snottites that drip sulfuric acid. The acid is sufficiently concentrated that it can burn skin and eat holes through clothes if you stand beneath the minerals. Natural dissolution of minerals by the acid carves out new caves.

17. Facts – Chlorine

Chlorine
  • Evidence shows that civilizations were intentionally using mined rock salt and oceanic salt over 5000 and 8000 years ago, respectively.
  • Chlorine is used industrially and commercially to fight infection and bacteria, and for bleaching or whitening of textiles.

18. Facts – Argon

  • Argon is a colourless, flavourless, odourless noble gas. Unlike some other gases, it remains colourless even in liquid and solid form. It is non-flammable and non-toxic. However, since argon is 38% denser than air, it presents an asphyxiation risk because it can displace oxygenated air in enclosed spaces.
  • The element name “argon” comes from the Greek word Argos, which means inactive. This refers to the element’s resistance to forming chemical bonds. Argon is considered to be chemically inert at room temperature and pressure.

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Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

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Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

Now yes, everyone is prone to hypocrisy every now and then, but this is a bit different. They would make you feel bad about doing what you enjoy. However, if they do the same, they don’t feel bad about it and confronting them on it might set them off because they are irrational and dramatic. Another sign you are in a toxic friendship is they are constantly looking for ways to put you down. They never want to see the best in you and are waiting for you to make a mistake so that they call you out on it. Your achievements never feel like achievements as they don’t like the feeling of you being successful. Facts

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