Discover facts about elements that they don't teach you in school



September 1, 2023

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  • You probably know all about carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and more, but with 118 elements in the periodic table, some elements and trivia about them might not be covered in the curriculum. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and The British Crystallographic Association (BCA) have joined forces to find out more about these! In this video Rosie Lester, PhD student in the Centre for Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge, explores some elements and facts that you might not have heard in school. Explore with us: - 00:42 Fluorine, and why it was not brought to your classroom. - 01:33 Fluorine, PTFE, and geckos. - 02:09 Cesium, an explosively reactive element, and its role in keeping time. - 03:39 Mercury, from very commonly used to well-known toxic element. - 04:11 Do you know where the expression "mad as a hatter" comes from? - 04:51 Explore the periodic table resources and activities on the CCDC website The structures and molecules presented in this video are from the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD), and the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database. The images and gif frames for each structures were generated using functionality available in the free version of CCDC's Mercury visualization software. The sketch of the PTFE molecule was also generated in Mercury. This video is aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about chemistry and the periodic table. It is particularly relevant for students aged 12 upwards studying Chemistry or Science subjects, those revising for exams or quizzes, and anyone with an inquisitive mind! Follow the CCDC on social media: Twitter: @ccdc_cambridge Facebook: Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) Instagram: @ccdc_cambridge Follow the BCA on social media: Twitter: @britcryst Facebook: @britishcrystallography YouTube: BCA Education


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