Coefficient of Thermal Expansion of Potassium (K) & Facts, Color, Uses ...

Size of things changes depending on the coefficient of thermal expansion. It's even the case for Potassium. Ok, so what is the coefficient of thermal expansion for an atom of K?

Note: Learn more about the coefficient of thermal expansion here.

In the case of Potassium this thermal coefficient is 82 10^-6 K^-1. By the way, did you know there are cool facts about Potassium that most don't know? Check this...

Potassium Data

Potassium Coefficient of Thermal Expansion

82 10^-6 K^-1

Atomic Number

19

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Uses

Used as potash in making glass & soap. Also as saltpeter, potassium nitrate (KNO3) to make explosives and to color fireworks in mauve. Formerly called kalium (K). Vital to function of nerve and muscle tissures.

Atomic Mass

39,0983

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Sources

Found in minerals like carnallite [(KMgCl3).6H2O] & sylvite (potassium chloride, KCL). Pure metal is produced by the reaction of hot potassium chloride and sodium vapors in a special retort.

Description

Soft, waxy, silver-white metal. Eighth most abundant element in the earth's crust (20,900 ppm). Occurs only in compounds.

Atomic Symbol

K

Discovery

Discovered By: Sir Humphrey Davy
Year: 1807
Location: England

State at 20 °C

Solid

Name Origin

English: pot ash; symbol from Latin: kalium, (alkali).

Want to learn more details and data about Potassium (K)? Check my Elements Comprehensive List.

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