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William Mercer Academy, Dover, Newfoundland, Canada

Bismuth, 83, William Mercer Academy, Dover, NLBismuth: The tile we created was based on the element bismuth (Bi). We decided to display two hands, one showing the alchemy symbol for bismuth and the other depicting the solid metal of bismuth itself. We have placed the element symbol (Bi) in one corner as well as the atomic number (83) in another corner of the tile.  During our research of the element we discovered that bismuth trioxide can be used in creating fireworks.  Although mainly used for one type of firework we decided to show a display of colors on our tile. Several students in grades 8 and 9 from William Mercer Academy worked on this tile and found it a very interesting and fun project.

Krista Payne, William Mercer Academy, Dover, Newfoundland, Canada

Atomic properties*

Name:

Symbol:

Atomic number:

Atomic mass:

Melting point:

Boiling point:

Density:

Electronegativity:

Number of isotopes:

State:

Colour:

Classification:

Bismuth

Bi

83

208.98 amu

271.4°C

1564°C

9.79 g/cm3

1.9

2

Solid

Lustrous-reddish-white**

Metallic**

 

* Haynes, W. M. (2011). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 91st edition: http://www.hbcponline.com/ Retrieved April 7, 2011

** Winter, M. (2010). Home of the Periodic Table. Retrieved April 8, 2011, from Web Elements: http://www.webelements.com/