Radium

by Lew, Kristi.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Oversize j q 546.396 LEW
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Oversize
 
Call Number  j q 546.396 LEW
 
 
Summary
Radium (Ra) was discovered in the ore pitchblende by the French chemists Marie and Pierre Curie and an assistant in 1898. It is a radioactive element, classified as an alkaline earth metal in the periodic table. It is found naturally in uranium and thorium ores, and when isolated, it is a slivery, lustrous, and soft metal. Radium is formed by the radioactive disintegration of uranium. Radiation from radium harms living cells, and overexposure to its rays can burn. Because cancer cells are more sensitive to radiation than normal cells, radium is used in the treatment of a few types of cancer. Radium was once used in the production of luminous paints that were applied to clock dials and other objects to make them glow in the dark, until its harmful effects became widely known. This book gives readers a comprehensive overview of the properties and uses of the radioactive element radium and its place on the periodic table.
Contents
Finding radium
A closer look at radium
Radium and radiation
The reality of radium
The periodic table of elements.

Additional Information
Series Understanding the elements of the periodic table.
Subjects Radium -- Juvenile literature.
Periodic law -- Tables -- Juvenile literature.
Chemical elements -- Juvenile literature.
Radium.
Chemical elements.
Periodic law -- Tables.
Publisher New York :Rosen Central,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 44-46) and index.
ISBN 9781435850729 (library binding)
1435850726 (library binding)
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