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Neon Essay

Neon is probably one of the most interesting elements, in my opinion. The name “neon” is derived from the Greek word for “new”. I chose to do neon because most of us encounter neon on a daily basis as opposed to other elements such as pure gold or silver. Our world is much more colorful as a result of neon. The symbol of Neon is Ne. It is also in group 18 of the periodic table so it is classified as a noble gas. The atomic number of Neon is 10. Neon is the 10th element on the periodic table. This essay will discuss the many uses of Neon and its origins as well as the scientific aspect of the element such as its electron configuration, physical properties and chemical properties.
Neon was discovered by Sir William Ramsey, a Scottish chemist, and Morris W. Travers, Morris M. Travers in 1898 in London, England. They discovered Neon shortly after they discovered krypton. Neon was discovered while the two were working on experiments involving liquefied air.
Neon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe. It is produced when the air is liquefied and separated from the various other gases by “fractional distillation”.   Despite the fact that it is so plentiful & bountiful, neon is only 0.0018% of the earth’s atmosphere.   The electron configuration of neon is 1s^2 2s^2, 2p^6.
A mixture of three isotopes makes up natural neon. There are five other unstable isotopes of neon that have been identified.
The Neon has a multitude of physical properties. Physical properties include: color, freezing point, density, hardness or scent. The physical properties of Neon are the characteristics that can be identified without changing neon into a new substance. Neon’s state of matter is a gas substance. This element is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It is nonmagnetic. Despite the fact that neon is colorless under low pressure it glows in a reddish orange if an electric current passes through it. After Helium, Neon is the second-lightest noble gas. Upon...


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