What’s its Atomic Number:

It is 21

What’s its Symbol:

It is Sc

What are it’s Uses:

Scandium is mainly used for research purposes, although scandium iodide is added to mercury vapor lamps to produce a highly efficient light source resembling sunlight, which is important for indoor lighting and night-time color television screens. The radioactive isotope 46Sc is used as a tracing agent in refinery crackers for crude oil. However, the potential for scandium is great because it has almost as low a density as aluminium and has a much higher melting point, so it has attracted the interest of spacecraft designers.

What group is it in:

It is in Transition Metals

What’s its Melting point:

It is 1539.0 °C (1812.15 K, 2802.2 °F)

What’s its Boiling Point:

 It is 2832.0 °C (3105.15 K, 5129.6 °F)

Who Discovered it:

 The man who discovered it was named Lars Fredrik Nilson. He was a swedish chemist who lived from 27 of May 1840 – 14 of May 1899. He grew up in Skönberga, Sweden. His father was farmer which means that he probably grew up on a farm. He  enrolled at Uppsala University, and there he studied the natural sciences. His talent for chemistry drew attention from chemistry professor Lars Fredrik Svanberg, who was a former student of Jöns Jakob Berzelius. In 1874 Nilson became associate professor of chemistry, and from then on he could devote more time to research. While working on rare earths, in 1879 he discovered scandium. During this time he also studied the gas density of metals which made it possible to determine the valence of various metals.

When was it discovered:

It was discovered in 1879 (no one knows exactly when).

What does it look like:

It is a silvery white metal.

How did it get its name:

It got its name from the place where it was discovered which is Scandinavia.

Where is it found in nature:

commonly  in Scandinavia and Madagascar.

What state of matter is Scandium commonly found in:

It is commonly found as a solid.

How many protons/electrons and neutrons does it have:

It has 21 protons/electrons and has  neutrons.

Is it stable:

It is non-toxic and yes it is very stable. But although it is non-toxic you still should refrain from eating it.

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