Tin Essay

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TinTin's discoverer is unknown but one thing is known. Tin has been used anddiscovered by the ancients. Tin was an accidental discovery.Tin has been around for many years. Proof is in the fact that tin ismentioned in the old testament of the bible.Tin had a great effect on the world because of its low price, high electricconductivity, and because tin protects against rust and weak acids in food if thecan is made out of tin instead of aluminum.Some common compounds of tin are organtin a combination of carbon andtin. When tin is formed with carbon to make organtin it can make more than 500organtin compounds. These compounds are used in everyday things. One is toothpastecontainers and also are things such as wood, paper, textile, farm ...view middle of the document...

Plating such things as electical contacts.Tin is also used as a protective coating. This protective coating can be assmall as 15/1,000,000 of an inch. This protective coating protects against rust onsteel and other metals. A coating of tin also gives a great look to plain oldsteel.Tin cans for food prevents weak acids from damaging the inside ofthe can. Not many cans are made of tin since aluminum started to be usedfor cans tins use dropped sharply.Tin is also used to coat staples, pins, bronze bell, pewter pitchers and manyothers things.Another popular tin mixture is tin and lead. Tin and lead make solder forelectric work. Battery contacts in the Black and Decker snake lights are also tinplated.A compound tin salt is used to spray onto glass windows to produceelectrically conductive coating for panel lighting and frost free windshieldsfor cars.One last use for tin is in the making of glass windows that are made byfloating molten glass on molten tin. This produces a flat piece of glass to be usedas a windows.Industries basically only use tin for plating for electricity or for protectionon there metals such as tin.Tin is found in Molaya, Bolivia, Indonesia, Zaire, Thailand, Nigeria, butalmost no tin is found in America, although some tin has been found in Alaskaand California.Tins basic information. Tin has an atomic number fifty on the periodicaltable of the elements. Tin's atomic symbol is Sn. Tin's atomic weight is 119 amu(118.69 amu). Tin's electronic configuration is 2-8-18-18-4. Tin is in Group 14.Tin has a gray color unless heated then it turns white. Tin is also a malleable andductile element. Tin is a very soft metal. Tin melts at 450 degrees F. Tins densityis 7.2984 centimeters squared. Tin has 69 neutrons and 70 protons.

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