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Tin: An Interesting Element
"We come into contact with tin almost every day, but seldom give it much thought. Tin, however, plays an important role in modern life. How much do you know about this metal and its uses?"
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Tin is a relatively rare metal, comprising only about 2 parts per million of the Earth's crust. Yet it has been highly sought after since ancient times.
The first important use for tin was in the manufacture of what substance?
Copper is relatively plentiful in Europe and the Middle East, but deposits of tin are rare. From what modern day country did the ancients get most of their supplies of tin?
At normal temperatures and pressures, tin exists in two forms: white tin and gray tin. When an element exhibits different physical and chemical properties, what are the different forms called?
Tin has the most stable isotopes of any element. How many stable isotopes does it have?
One of the most common uses of tin is coating steel containers for food. Why is tin used for this purpose?
All of these
Tin resists corrosion
Tin easily bonds to iron and steel
Tin is non-toxic
At very cold temperatures, objects made of tin will turn to powder.
Some metals are necessary in small amounts for the human body to fuction properly. These are called "trace elements" and include copper, zinc and selenium. What might happen if you ate a diet totally lacking in tin?
Neither of these
You could go blind
Both of these
You could develop anemia
If you were building a house in the 1890's, what part of the building might you have covered in tin?
The window sills
As we have seen, tin has been used to make a lot of things throughout the ages. Today most of the world's tin supply is used to manufacture what item?
Tin is a relatively scarce element. Are we likely to run out of it? Which situation most accurately describes the supply/demand situation when it comes to tin?
Demand far exceeds supply
Supply and demand are about equal
Supplies of tin far exceed demand
Demand slightly exceeds supply
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