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Lead: The Most Important To The Structure And Chemical Properties Of Lead

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Lead Many elements, like lead, are very important to the structure and formation of many of the products we use. Throughout history, lead has been developed, mined, extracted, and used. Lead, since its finding thousands of years ago, has proven to be a tricky element with many diverse health effects. Scientists have developed products, and processes that still continue to used lead. Lead is an extremely important and influential element in our daily lives. Lead has many different physical and chemical properties. Being a solid at room temperature, lead is the heaviest member of the carbon family (1). Lead can by physically described as a soft metallic gray color, and tends to be formed naturally with jagged edges. It is also a very ductile and malleable element. When exposed, rust tends to form on the surfaces of lead. Being a softer element, Lead can be easily bended, cut, pulled and changed (2). Compared to other elements, when used to conduct electricity lead does very poorly. Lead also has many Chemical properties. Lead has very few chemical properties. Lead does not burn, dissolves very slowly in cold water/ cold acid, and slightly faster in warm acid (1). …show more content…

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  • Explains that lead is important to the structure and formation of many of the products we use. it has been developed, mined, extracted, and used.
  • Explains that lead has many physical and chemical properties, including a soft metallic gray color, ductile and malleable element, and is toxic to both people and animals.
  • Explains that the periodic table is a prime way to learn about the basics of lead.
  • Explains that lead began to be extracted nearly 8,000 years ago, and still maintains a use in the modern society.
  • Explains that lead can be extracted from more than 60 different minerals, including galena, cerussite, and anglesite. there are 8 steps required in extracting lead from its ore.

Lead is commonly referred to as Pb due to its chemical symbol on the periodic table (7). The Element as has an atomic number of 82 (7). From its atomic number, scientists can conclude that a natural element of lead contains a total of 82 protons, and 82 electrons (8). Lead also has an atomic mass of 207.2 (7). Being that the atomic mass is the number of protons plus the number of neutrons, scientists concludes that an atom of lead contains 125 neutrons along with the 82 protons (8). Lead is considered a poor metal on the periodic table. Lead is also in the p block of elements which means that its valence electrons will be in a p shell (8). Overall, the periodic table is a prime way to learn about the basics of

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