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- Name: Silver
- Symbol: Ag
- Atomic Number: 47
- Atomic Weight: 107.8682 u
- Period: 5
- Group: 11
25 Silver Facts for Kids
- Silver is a chemical element on the periodic table.
- Silver was used by ancient human civilizations going back farther than 5000 BC.
- Silver is a precious metal that is soft with a silvery appearance.
- Silver is a solid at room temperature.
- The symbol for silver is Ag.
- The atomic number for silver is 47.
- The standard atomic weight for Silver is 107.8682 u.
- Silver is in the transition metal element category on the periodic table.
- Silver is a period 5 chemical element, which is the fifth row on the periodic table.
- Silver is a group 11 chemical element, which is the copper group.
- Silver has two stable isotopes.
- The two stable silver isotopes are 107Ag and 109Ag.
- The melting point for silver is 1,763.2 °F (961.78 °C).
- The boiling point for silver is 3,924 °F (2,162 °C).
- Silver is the most reflective metal on the periodic table.
- Silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any metal on the periodic table.
- Silver has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal on the periodic table.
- The largest silver mine in the world is the Cannington Mine in Australia.
- The Cannington Mine produces around 1.5 million tons of ore each year.
- Silver is a precious metal that has been used as currency for thousands of years.
- Silver is priced based on the troy ounce and one troy ounce of silver is equal to 31.1034 grams.
- Silver is used to create jewelry, silverware (eating utensils), certain instruments and works of art (like statues).
- Jewelry and silverware is typically made out of sterling silver, which is a metal alloy that contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Pure silver would be to soft for these applications.
- Silver is sometimes used to coat medical devices due to its antimicrobial properties.
- Prior to the creation of digital cameras and mobile devices around 30% of all produced silver was used in photography.
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