Neon Research Paper

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The element Neon has a symbol of Ne. Neon’s atomic number is 10, which is the same as its protons. The protons and electrons are always the same. That means the electrons are 10 and put into two different rings. On the first ring there will be 2 electrons and on the second ring there is 8 electrons. That gives them a total of 10 electrons. Along with atomic number, protons, and electrons there is a atomic mass which is 20.1797.

Neon was discovered by Sir William Ramsay, a Scottish chemist, and Morris M. Travers, an English chemist, shortly after their discovery of Krypton. Like krypton, neon was discovered through the study of liquefied air. Although neon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe, only 0.0018% of the earth’s atmosphere is made up of neon. Sir William Ramsay and Morris M. Travers discovered this element in 1989 after Krypton. Neon got its name from the Greek word “neos,” which means new because it was newly discovered by Sir WIlliam Ramsay and one of his students Morris M.
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The gas is placed in glass tubes and an electric current is sent through the gas. When that occurs, neon enters a plasma state and glows orange-red. Neon is the tenth element of the periodic table and the second of the noble gases. The element is incredibly non-reactive because of its electron configuration. They use this noble gas for Neon signs, TV tubes, Cryogenics, and Lasers. On loss of containment this liquid evaporates very quickly causing supersaturation of the air with serious risk of suffocation when in confined areas. This gas is inert and is classified as a simple asphyxiant. Inhalation in excessive concentrations can result in dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death. Death may result from errors in judgment, confusion, or loss of consciousness which prevent self-rescue. At low oxygen concentrations, unconsciousness and death may occur in seconds without
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