Research into the uses of Mercury

Today in topic we discussed the uses and importance of mercury. However we could not think of any uses other than in a thermometer. It is unlikely that Spain is mining mercury just to make thermometers.


So your challenge tonight is to find out what other uses mercury might have and how it is formed/found.



10 thoughts on “Research into the uses of Mercury

  1. Mecury was named after the planet Mercury.The atomic number for Mercury is 80.It’s atomic weight is 200.59.It’s density is 13.5336 grams per cubic centimeter.Mecury is a poisinous liquid that can be used in a variety of things. Mercury’s chemical symbol comes from the Greek word hydrargyrum, which means liquid silver.

    Mercury can be used to make thermometers, barometers and other scientific instruments. Mercury conducts electricity and is used to make silent, position dependent switches. Mercury vapor is used in streetlights, fluorescent lamps and advertising signs.Mecury is used in themometers because when you measure a temperature it goes up/down to the temperature.It is an liquid that is very heavy,therefore it is used in a variety of ways.

  2. The metal is widely used in making advertising signs, mercury switches and other electrical apparatus. It is used in laboratory work for making thermometers, barometers, diffusion pumps and many other instruments. Other uses are in pesticides, dental work, batteries and catalysts.

  3. Mercury is a heavy and strong metal.It can attack brain, bowels, kidneys, and other body organs. It can harm children if they do not be sensible. Like other heavy metals, mercury is a bioaccumulant that excretes very slowly from the body, collects in body tissue, and climbs up the food chain over time.


  4. Mercury

    Mercury is a heavy silvery-white metal which is liquid at ordinary temperatures.

    What uses Mercury has?
    Mercury can be used in thermometers. Mercury is in a thermometer because, a thermometer is used for measuring temperatures and mercury is the right thing to use to measure temperature so, they have put that in.

    Mercury can be used also in barometers and monometers due to its high density. From this object it has also become a way of measuring pressure in millimetres of mercury.

    Mercury can be used for liquid electrolyte. For the chlorine and sodium hydroxide in it.It can still sometimes used in electrical switches as a liquid contact.

    Mercury can be used in teeth.For component for dental amalgams for making fillings for teeth. Many people still have mercury containing fillings and crematoria are thought to empty about 5kg of mercury each year simply from dental fillings.

    It can be used to make tins along with, gold and sliver. Also it can be used for metal costumes.

    How was Mercury discovered?

    Mercury was discovered by the Ancient Chinese and Indians. This happened before 2000 BC. People named this after the Planet Mercury.

  5. Mercury is the smallest and closest to the Sun of the eight planets in the Solar System, with an orbital period of about 88 Earth days. Seen from Earth, it appears to move around its orbit in about 116 days, which is much faster than any other planet. It has no known natural satellites.The planet is named after the Roman deity Mercury, the messenger to the gods.
    It is used in thermometers because it has a large thermal expansion which is constant over a large temperature range although it is being phased out in favour of safer liquids.
    It is also used in barometers an manometers due to its high density. From this it has also become a way of measuring pressure in millimetres of mercury.
    It has also been used as liquid electrolyte for the production of chlorine and sodium hydroxide from the electrolysis of brine but is again being phased out in favour of safer alternatives.
    It is still sometimes used in electrical switches as a liquid contact.

  6. Mercury is used to switch electrical apparatus it is also used for batteries, dental work,diffusion pumps,pesticides , barometers,catalysts and themometers

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