When it comes to the different elements of the periodic table, most of us would find them uninteresting and boring. However, what we don’t know is that these elements also have some fascinating facts with them. So if some of us don’t believe in this, let us take fluorine as an example, and we’ll lay out some of the interesting facts of fluorine.
We all know that fluorine, which is pronounced as FLO-reen, is a chemical element in the periodic table and has an atomic number of 9. It has a symbol F and follows oxygen in the periodic table. We also know that fluorine is the most reactive chemical among all the elements. It is sometimes described as a poisonous, pale and yellowish brown gas. These are just some of the common facts or information with regards to this element. Now it is time for us to know more about fluorine including its interesting details.
First of all, fluorine was first described by a man named Georgius Agricola in the year 1529 for its use as flux. This, however, was formally discovered by Joseph Henri Moissan in the year 1886. He later on won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, which is a very prestigious award, in the year 1906. Aside from this, fluorine is also obtained from a mineral called fluorite. Its boiling point is -188.14 degrees Celsius while its melting point is at -219.62 degrees Celsius. Another interesting fact about fluorine is that it can be absorbed in our body and can easily dissolve our bones.
This makes it pretty obvious that fluorine is a very dangerous gas which can easily put us to death. Aside from these, fluorine is also known to react with other elements, specifically Helium, Neon and Argon. It is also known as an ingredient in making two very opposite products, one is toothpaste, while the other one is a rocket fuel. If some of us are wondering, fluorine being used in toothpastes because it is known and proven to make our teeth resistant from any cavities. This element is also sometimes used as a substitute for hydrogen. Nowadays, fluorine is now used in a lot of things, which includes the production of uranium, refrigeration, insecticides, air conditioning, Teflon and are sometimes added to water supplies.
These are basically the interesting facts about fluorine. We might think of it as an unusual element, but now we can clearly see that fluorine is commonly around us.