Silver Facts for Kids

Silver Periodic Table
  • Name: Silver
  • Symbol: Ag
  • Atomic Number: 47
  • Atomic Weight: 107.8682 u
  • Period: 5
  • Group: 11

25 Silver Facts for Kids

  1. Silver is a chemical element on the periodic table.
  2. Silver was used by ancient human civilizations going back farther than 5000 BC.
  3. Silver is a precious metal that is soft with a silvery appearance.
  4. Silver is a solid at room temperature.
  5. The symbol for silver is Ag.
  6. The atomic number for silver is 47.
  7. The standard atomic weight for Silver is 107.8682 u.
  8. Silver is in the transition metal element category on the periodic table.
  9. Silver is a period 5 chemical element, which is the fifth row on the periodic table.
  10. Silver is a group 11 chemical element, which is the copper group.
  11. Silver has two stable isotopes.
  12. The two stable silver isotopes are 107Ag and 109Ag.
  13. The melting point for silver is 1,763.2 °F (961.78 °C).
  14. The boiling point for silver is 3,924 °F (2,162 °C).
  15. Silver is the most reflective metal on the periodic table.
  16. Silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any metal on the periodic table.
  17. Silver has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal on the periodic table.
  18. The largest silver mine in the world is the Cannington Mine in Australia.
  19. The Cannington Mine produces around 1.5 million tons of ore each year.
  20. Silver is a precious metal that has been used as currency for thousands of years.
  21. Silver is priced based on the troy ounce and one troy ounce of silver is equal to 31.1034 grams.
  22. Silver is used to create jewelry, silverware (eating utensils), certain instruments and works of art (like statues).
  23. 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.
  24. Silver is sometimes used to coat medical devices due to its antimicrobial properties.
  25. Prior to the creation of digital cameras and mobile devices around 30% of all produced silver was used in photography.

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