Origin / Meaning of the name Iridium
The name "iridium" originates from the Latin word meaning "of rainbows" because of the "variety of colors in the element's salt solutions".
Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Iridium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Iridium is classified as a "Transition Metal" which are located in Groups 3 - 12 of the Periodic Table. Elements classified as Transition Metals are generally described as ductile, malleable, and able to conduct electricity and heat.Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals.
Facts about the History and the Discovery of the Iridium Element
Iridium was discovered by Smithson Tennant in London, England in 1803
History of the Periodic Table
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Occurrence of the Iridium Element
The Earth's core is rich in iridium
Obtained from gravel deposits with platinum
Associated Uses of Iridium
Hardening agent in platinum alloys
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