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Greenwood School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Platinum, 78, Greenwood School, Toronto ONPlatinum: Our tile for platinum shows the atomic number and symbol in the appropriate grey-white colour. The symbol on the inside depicts a catalytic converter, one of platinum's uses. A catalytic converter uses platinum as a catalyst to reduce the toxicity of vehicle emissions. We thought this was interesting, relevant, and applicable to our daily lives on many fronts. The tile is made out of dyed rice paper and white card-board with silver pen as accents. 

Liz Greflund, Greenwood College School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Atomic properties*

Name:

Symbol:

Atomic number:

Atomic mass:

Melting point:

Boiling point:

Density:

Electronegativity:

Number of isotopes:

State:

Colour:

Classification:

Platinum

Pt

78

195.08 amu

1768.2°C

3825°C

21.5 g/cm3

2.2

6

Solid

Silvery-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/