Sitting at the fourth position on the Period Table, Beryllium has quite an interesting history. Did you know that there are some countries where Beryllium is not referred by the name Beryllium? In those countries, they call the element as Glucinum or Glucinium. Well, there are many more interesting facts like that. So, without further ado, let us learn 20 interesting Beryllium facts that you might need for your school project. But before we start…
|Element Family||Alkaline Earth|
|Atomic Weight (Atom’s Average Mass)||9.012182(3)|
|Melting Point||1278°C or, 2348.6°F or, 1551.2 K|
|Boiling Point||2469°C or, 4479.8°F or, 2742 K|
|Density at 20°C||1.848 grams/cm3|
|Number of Electrons||4|
|Number of Protons||4|
|Number of Neutrons (In the Isotope Found Most Abundantly)||5|
|Most Stable Isotope||9Be: Natural Abundance – 100%|
|Element Structure||Hexagonal Close Packed (hcp)|
|Atomic Radius||112 pm (picometer)|
Okay, now that we have some important information about the element in hand, let us take a look at the facts that we intend to share with you. Let us start…
Interesting Beryllium Facts: 1-5
1. Though Beryllium is a relatively soft metal, it is actually hard and at room temperature, it is a brittle element.
2. Of all alkaline earth metals known to us, Beryllium is the lightest of all.
3. The metal sits on the 4th place on the period table but when it comes to abundance on Earth, it takes the 44th
4. Compared to steel’s specific stiffness, Beryllium’s specific stiffness is 6x more!
5. If we compare the density of Beryllium with Aluminum, Beryllium is less dense (only 2/3rd of that of Aluminum).