Fun Facts About Argon
Argon is one of the many elements in the Periodic Table. Its normal phase is gas, and it is in the family of Noble Gases. Its symbol is Ar., and its atomic number is eighteen. There are also eighteen protons, twenty-two neutrons, and eighteen electrons in argon. This element boils at -186.0 degrees Celsius and melts at -189.3 degrees Celsius.
Some interesting facts about argon are:
1. Sir William Ramsay, with the help of Lord Rayleigh, discovered it in Scotland in the year 1894.
2. It emits light when it is electronically excited.
3. It is the most abundant of the rare gases.
4. It is used in light bulbs.
5. It is in the same group as neon.
6. Its name comes from the Greek word “argos”. “Argos” means inactive.
7. Approximately .94% of the earth’s atmosphere contains it.
8. Around 1.6% of Mar’s atmosphere contains argon.
9. It is used in the arc welding and cutting process.
10. It is in the same group as xenon.
11. It is used in plasma globes.
12. Is it used in lasers.
13. It is created when potassium in the earth’s crust decays.
14. It is used in the process of dating ground water.
15. It is used in glow tubes.
16. It is a prospective atmosphere for the growth of germanium and silicon crystals.
17. It has a half-life of thirty-five days.
18. It does not have any true compounds.
19. It does not have a color.
20. It is used in fluorescent tubes.
21. It is not found in any compounds.
22. It is in the same group as krypton.
23. It is two and a half times more soluble in water than in nitrogen.
24. It is the third most abundant gas in the earth’s atmosphere.
25. It is nearly as soluble as oxygen.
26. Its most exotic use is in the tires of luxurious cars.
27. It is used in photo tubes.
28. It does not have an odor.
29. In 1785, Henry Cavendish, a British scientist, began to suspect its presence in the air.
30. It is used in radio vacuum tubes.
31. It costs fifty cents for every one-hundred grams.
32. 750.000 tons of it are produced every year.
33. It is approximately 1.4 times as heavy as air.
34. It does not have a taste.
35. It is in the same group as helium.
36. It is a nontoxic gas.
37. It produces a pale blue-violet light when it is electrically excited.
38. It is used in the process of manufacturing high quality stainless steels.
39. It is used in the process of producing impurity-free silicon crystals.
40. It is produced in conjunction with the manufacture of high purity oxygen.
41. Its boiling point is very close to that of oxygen.
42. Its atomic mass is 39.948 atomic mass units.
43. Its density is 1.784 grams per cubic centimeter.
44. Its period is three.
45. It is often used as a shield gas against oxidation.
46. It is in the same group as radon.