A Guide to the Elements

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Oxford University Press, USA, May 2, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 246 pages
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Newly updated with the stunning discovery of two new elements, A Guide to the Elements, 2nd Edition is still the easy-to-read, easy-to-understand resource to the periodic table that students and teachers of the physical sciences expect. A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition begins with an introductory section that explains some of the basic concepts of chemistry and traces the history and development of the periodic table of the elements. In clear, nontechnical language, Albert Stwertka takes complex ideas and terms easily understandable. Complemented with historical anecdotes and everyday examples, each fascinating article examines one element and is accompanied by photographs many in full color of practical applications. Middle school and high school students will find this a welcome reference, as will adults with no background in chemistry.This new edition includes:* A comprehensive list of informative websites* An epilogue on recent near-discoveries of new elements* An extensively updated further-reading listAn excellent "look up" resource as well as a superb introduction to chemistry, A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition is a good beginning step on the road to chemical literacy.
 

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Contents

The Periodic Table
6
Hydrogen
16
Helium
22
Lithium
25
Beryllium
29
Boron
31
Carbon
34
Nitrogen
41
Promethium
153
Samarium
155
Europium
156
Gadolinium
157
Terbium
159
Dysprosium
160
Holmium
161
Erbium
162

Oxygen
47
Fluorine
50
Neon
53
Sodium
54
Magnesium
57
Aluminum
59
Silicon
61
Phosphorus
64
Sulfur
66
Chlorine
69
Argon
71
Potassium
73
Calcium
75
Scandium
79
Titanium
81
Vanadium
83
Chromium
85
Manganese
87
Iron
89
Cobalt
92
Nickel
94
Copper
96
Zinc
99
Gallium
101
Germanium
103
Arsenic
104
Selenium
106
Bromine
108
Krypton
110
Rubidium
112
Strontium
113
Yttrium
115
Zirconium
117
Niobium
119
Molybdenum
121
Technetium
122
Ruthenium
124
Rhodium
125
Palladium
126
Silver
127
Cadmium
130
Indium
132
Tin
133
Antimony
135
Tellurium
136
Iodine
137
Xenon
140
Cesium
142
Barium
144
Lanthanum
146
Cerium
148
Praseodymium
149
Neodymium
151
Thulium
163
Ytterbium
164
Lutetium
165
Hafnium
166
Tantalum
168
Tungsten
170
Rhenium
172
Osmium
173
Iridium
174
Platinum
175
Gold
178
Mercury
181
Thallium
184
Lead
186
Bismuth
189
Polonium
191
Astatine
193
Radon
194
Francium
196
Radium
197
Actinium
199
Thorium
200
Protactinium
202
Uranium
203
Neptunium
206
Plutonium
207
Americium
209
Curium
210
Berkelium
211
Californium
212
Einsteinium
214
Fermium
215
Mendelevium
216
Nobelium
217
Lawrencium
218
Rutherfordium
219
Dubnium
221
Seaborgium
222
Bohrium
224
Hassium
225
Meitnerium
226
Ununnilium
227
Unununium
228
Ununbiium
229
Ununquadium
230
Epilogue
232
Glossary
234
Chronology
237
Further Reading
241
Web Sites
242
Index
243
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Albert Stwerkta is Professor Emeritus at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and previously served as the head of the mathematics and science department there. Dr. Stwertka conducted research in the field of atomic physics, and was instrumental in establishing training programs for the N.S. Savannah nuclear ship during the Atoms for Peace program. He is the author of numerous books on science and math, including The World of Atoms and Quarks, Recent Revolutions in Physics, Recent Revolutions in Mathematics, and Physics: From Newton to the Big Bang.

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