The 38th Element

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Andrew Paolini
Mr. Robert Waters
Honors Chemistry
19 January 2017
The 38th Element

"Boom! Pow! Sounds that are immediately followed by Ahh's and cheers. For most of us these sounds are all too familiar at annual 4th of July firework celebrations. However, what would a 4th of July celebration be without the glimmering colors of our nation. People all over our country are able to share in the excitement of fireworks partly due to the effects of one element. The glow of a child’s face from “Glow in the dark” paint is able to work - again- because of the effects of one element. However, the feelings of happiness and pleasure are not constricted to only the red glow of paints and flares. This amazing element is also able to bring pleasure and
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In 1787, an unusual rock had come across the work of Dr. Adair Crawford when investigating witherite, a mineral in Strontian, Scotland ("Strontium | Periodic Table." Royal Society of Chemistry). The discoverer of the element was testing the results of witherite and hydrochloric acid. When Dr. Crawford mixed witherite with hydrochloric acid he did not get the results he expected. He assumed that his sample of witherite was contaminated with an unknown mineral, a mineral he named strontianite ("The Element Strontium." It's Elemental). The discovery by Dr. Adair Crawford was the start of strontianite, but it was not the end of research on this element. Although Dr. Crawford technically discovered strontianite, he did not prove that it was a new element. In 1791, Thomas Charles Hope, continued the investigation of strontianite ("Strontium | Periodic Table." Royal Society of Chemistry). Through his investigation, Hope proved that strontianite was a new element. Finally the element, now known as Strontium, was isolated. Strontium was first isolated by Sir Humphry Davy, an English chemist, in 1808 through the electrolysis of a mixture of strontium chloride and mercuric oxide ("The Element Strontium." It's
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