Potassium: The Element that Always says K Nora Balidemaj Ms. Bryan C

What is Potassium?


This is Potassium! Potassium is represented with a K and is the 19th element on the periodic table. Potassium comes from the english word potash. Its symbol comes from the word kalium which means alkali in latin.

Who discovered Potassium?


Metallic potassium was first discovered by Sir Humphry Davy in 1807 through the electrolysis of molten caustic potash. For those of us who do not speak fluent science, the electrolysis of molten caustic potash is a fancy way of saying that it is process used to the isolation of Potassium to make it pure.

The structure of Potassium

  • Atomic number: 19
  • Atomic mass: 39.09
  • Protons: 19
  • Neutrons: 20
  • Electrons: 19
  • Stable Isotopes: K-39 and K-41

Natural Sources of Potassium


Potassium cannot be found in its pure form without using the process of electrolysis, yet the minerals that it can be extracted from are often found in ancient lakes and sea beds. These minerals can also be mined in Germany, New Mexico, California, and Utah.

Major Uses of Potassium


Potassium is used in fertilizers, salt substitutes, soaps, detergents, and drain cleaners. Some potassium compounds form to create certain types of glass as well. Potassium is found in many of our daily foods and provides a positive and essential nutritional aspect. These include relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart disorders, kidney disorders, and countless more!

Funny Potassium Joke


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