What is Carbon?
Carbon is a non-metal with the symbol "C".
The Element melts at around 3,550 Degrees Celsius and boils at around 3,825 Degrees Celsius.
Carbon was first recognized as an element in the second half of the 18th century and discovered by A.L. Lavoisier, however, it had been used for a period a lot longer than the end of the eighteenth century. (no exact date could be found.)
Carbon has a mass number of 12.0107 and an atomic number of 6. these numbers mean Carbon has 6 protons, 12.0107 neutrons, and 6 electrons. (a diagram of Carbon's atomic structure can be shown below)
Carbon is found almost all around the world. it is also what makes up stars, and is in the atmosphere of most planets.
Carbon's atomic structure. Source: itc.gsw.edu/faculty/speavy/spclass/chemistry/atoms.htm
Carbon is very lustrous in pure form. (shown below)
Carbon in it's pure form. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon
interesting facts about carbon
Carbons name comes from the Latin word "Carbo" which means charcoal.
graphite, which is made up of carbon, is used in pencils
Compounds formed with Carbon
Carbon can bond with itself and many other elements forming many compounds, some of which include:
Carbon dioxide: (Made up of a carbon atom bonded to two oxygen atoms.) Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide
Carbon Monoxide. (Consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom.) Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_monoxide
USES FOR CARBON
carbon has been found to have many uses, such as fuel (Oil, Coal.) and also as material (Carbon Fiber filaments) it is also used
Coal burning in a fire pit. Source: http://advancecessnock.com.au/coal-new-boom-hunter/
How could carbon be used in the future?