The Carbon Element

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The Carbon Element

The Carbon Element

Carbon Atom Properties



Allotropes(forms) of Carbon

The History and uses of Carbon



Name: CarbonSymbol: CAtomic Number: 6Atomic Mass: 6# of Protons: 6# of Electrons: 6# of Neutrons: 6Classification: Non-MetalGroup: 14Combining Capacity: +4

This is a video of a lab experiment with a reaction between sugar and sulpuric acid. Carbon is not a very reactive element, but it has the ability to form thousands of compounds, and they can or cannot be very reactive. However, pure Carbon such as diamonds or graphite is usually not reactive.

Long ago, since prehistoric times, Carbon was discovered as charcoal. However, it was only in the 1700s that Carbon was identified as an element. In one of the earliest chemistry textbooks, Traité Élémentaire de Chimie, published in Paris in 1789, Antoine Lavoisier lists carbon as an "oxidizable and acidifiable nonmetallic element".

Sulphuric Acid and Sugar reaction

(Image from video)

Melting Point: 4827.0 °CBoiling Point: 3500.0 °CDensity @ 293 K: 2.62 g/cm3

Carbon comes in many forms, or allotropes, such as diamond and graphite. It is also commonly recognized as coal/charcoal.

This is a photo of Carbon Fiber, a fiber reinforced polymer. It is very strong, with high chemical resistance, and is also very light, making it ideal in aerospace, motorsports, and even the military.

Carbon is found and used in a variety of things, ranging from bleaching agents to plastic. Plastics are common carbon polymers used in thousands of things, such as bottles. Carbon dioxide, a gas of Carbon, is used to add the fizz to hundreds of types of soft drinks, and is also used in fire extinguishers. We breathe carbon dioxide 24/7.

Daniel L.


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