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Aluminum is lightweight silver looking element It is located in the boron group and the third period on the periodic table Aluminum can be formed into many different shapes It can also be drawn into wires Aluminum has thirteen proton and electrons Aluminum has fourteen neutrons Aluminum has an average atomic mass of 26981539 Aluminum is the third most used element in the world and the most used metal in the world Hans Christian Orsted discovered aluminum in 1825 Orsted was a famous Danish chemist and physicist He discovered aluminum by reducing Aluminum chloride with potassium Aluminum dates back farther that 1825 though In 1809 Sir Hunphry Davy prepared an iron-aluminum alloy by electrolyzing fused aluminum oxide As Aluminum started to be used it was very expensive but eventually the price began to lower and now it is very cheap Aluminum is found in the earths crust It makes up eight percent of the earths crust Nature doesnt combine Aluminum with other elements Very rarely can pure aluminum be found in products Pure Aluminum is very weak and soft Aluminum needs alloys to make it stronger and a better product There are many other elements like copper and zinc that combined with aluminum to make it stronger There are two steps to produce aluminum The first step is to refine the bauxite to obtain alumina The second step is to smelt the alumina to get aluminum There are many uses for aluminum Pure Aluminum can be used for jewelry electrical conductors and decorative trim for appliances and cars Aluminum is usually combined with other elements to make many different products There are many aluminum alloys Some of them are drink cans bottle caps foil wrappers and food products Other examples of aluminum alloy products are boats cars airplanes and trains Aluminum is used in a lot of electrical equipment like power lines and light bulbs Aluminum is also found
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