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Facts about the Definition of the Element Tantalum
The Element Tantalum is defined as...
A very hard, heavy, gray metallic element that is exceptionally resistant to chemical attack below 150C. It is used to make light-bulb filaments, electrolytic capacitors, lightning arresters, nuclear reactor parts, and some surgical instruments. The element has a melting point exceeded only by tungsten and rhenium. Tantalum has the most capacitance per volume of any substance.
 

Interesting Facts about the Origin and Meaning of the element name Tantalum
What are the origins of the word Tantalum ?
The name originates from King Tantalus, the father of Niobe, in Greek mythology.


 

Facts about the Classification of the Element Tantalum
Tantalum is classified as a "Transition Metal" which are located in Groups 3 - 12 of the Periodic Table. An Element classified as a Transition Metals is ductile, malleable, and able to conduct electricity and heat.
 

Brief Facts about the Discovery and History of the Element Tantalum
Tantalum was discovered by Anders Ekeberg in 1802. The element was isolated in 1820 by Jons Berzelius. The first relatively pure ductile metal was produced in 1903 by Werner von Bolton.
 

Occurrence of the element Tantalum in the Atmosphere
Obtained from the minerals tantalite, euxenite, samarskite, and fergusonite
Mined in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Africa, Portugal, and Thailand.
 

Common Uses of Tantalum
Electronic components - Capacitors
Automotive electronics
Jet engine components
Chemical process equipment
Nuclear reactors
Camera lenses
Portable telephones
Pagers
Personal computers
Surgical appliances
Tantalum pentachloride
 

The Properties of the Element Tantalum

Name of Element : Tantalum
Symbol of Element : Ta
Atomic Number of Tantalum : 73
Atomic Mass: 180.9479 amu
Melting Point: 2996.0 C - 3269.15 K
Boiling Point: 5425.0 C - 5698.15 K
Number of Protons/Electrons in Tantalum : 73
Number of Neutrons in Tantalum : 108
Crystal Structure: Cubic
Density @ 293 K: 16.654 g/cm3
Color of Tantalum : gray


The element Tantalum and the Periodic Table
Find out more facts about Tantalum on the Periodic Table which arranges every chemical element according to its atomic number, as based on the periodic law, so that chemical elements with similar properties are in the same column. Our Periodic Table is simple to use - just click on the symbol for Tantalum for additional facts and info and for an instant comparison of the Atomic Weight, Melting Point, Boiling Point and Mass - G/cc of Tantalum with any other element. An invaluable source for more interesting facts and information about the Tantalum element and as a Chemistry reference guide.
 

Facts and Info about the element Argon - IUPAC and the Modern Standardised Periodic Table
The Standardised Periodic Table in use today was agreed by the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, in 1985 which includes the Tantalum element. The famous Russian Scientist, Dimitri Mendeleev, perceived the correct classification method of "the periodic table" for the 65 elements which were known in his time. Tantalum was discovered by Anders Ekeberg in 1802. The element was isolated in 1820 by Jons Berzelius. The first relatively pure ductile metal was produced in 1903 by Werner von Bolton. The Standardised Periodic Table now recognises more periods and elements than Dimitri Mendeleev knew in his day but still all fitting into his concept of the "Periodic Table" in which Tantalum is just one element that can be found.
 

Facts and Info about the Element Tantalum
 

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