See you next time. This is approximately the sum of the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus. Text © The Royal Society of Chemistry 1999-2011 And many of the metals we mine from the Earth's crust are also found as their oxides, aluminium in bauxite or iron in hematite, while carbonates such as limestone are also largely made of oxygen and the oceans are of course about 86% oxygen, connected to hydrogen as good old H. Oxygen is also in virtually every molecule in your body including fats, carbohydrates and DNA. High = substitution not possible or very difficult. It protects us from solar radiation, it keeps us alive and by helping things to burn, it also keeps us warm. The elemental structure is a cubic crystal shape. The percentage of the world reserves located in the country with the largest reserves. Welcome to "A Visual Interpretation of The Table of Elements", the most striking version of the periodic table on the web. Where more than one isotope exists, the value given is the abundance weighted average. It generates energy and supports the life of all the living organisms. If you are in any doubt, please ask. You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. Oxygen is the vital gases responsible for life on earth. Oxygen makes up 21% of the atmosphere by volume. Carbonimpurities are removed from steel by reaction with oxygen to form carbon dioxide gas. Low = substitution is possible with little or no economic and/or performance impact. So it's bad news that tons of the gas are produced by the reactions between hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides churned out by cars every day. Oxygen 2. Group Next time on Chemistry in its element, Johnny Ball joins us to tell the story of a chemical that's craved by Olympic athletes, makes good hi-five connectors and is also a favourite for fillings. The mass of an atom relative to that of carbon-12. Oxygen is a good oxidant and hence supports combustion. A percentile rank for the political stability of the country with the largest reserves, derived from World Bank governance indicators. Oxygen is atomic number 8 and atomic weight 15.999. Oxygen accounts for about 23% of the atmosphere's mass with pairs of oxygen atoms stuck together to make dioxygen molecules, but it's not just in the air, we breathe. It is given by the ratio of the shear stress to the shear strain. There is another form, trioxygen, also known as ozone and it's also pretty important in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, is responsible for filtering out harmful ultraviolet rays, but unfortunately, ozone is also pretty toxic. Oxygen is used by animals and plants in the respiration (breathing) process. This week, we are continuing our tour of the periodic table with a lung full of a gas that we can't do without. The percentage of a commodity which is recycled. It also improves waste treatment, decreasing the amount of incineration emissions. English chemist, Joseph Priestley certainly isolated oxygen gas in the 1770s, although he tried to define it as dephlogisticated air. The images may not be posted on any website, shared in any disc library, image storage mechanism, network system or similar arrangement. Oxygen, atomic number 8, symbol ‘O’, and molecular formula O 2 is the most abundant chemical element of Group-16 or chalcogen family in the periodic table makes up to 47 percent of the earth’s crust in the form of liquid and solid oxides, oxoacids, and gas form. Electronegativity (Pauling scale)The tendency of an atom to attract electrons towards itself, expressed on a relative scale. The arrangements of electrons above the last (closed shell) noble gas. Tanks of oxygen are used in medicine to treat people with breathing problems. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. There are two key methods used to obtain oxygen gas. It is of course oxygen. First ionisation energyThe minimum energy required to remove an electron from a neutral atom in its ground state. It supports combustion. Unknown to Priestly, Carl Wilhelm Scheele had produced oxygen in June 1771. Oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust, accounting for almost half of it by mass. And that's in teeth, not pies. Now ozone is normally spread so thinly in the air, that you can't see its pale blue colour and oxygen gas is colourless unless you liquefy it, but there is one place where you can see the gas in all its glory. Under standard temperature and pressure conditions two oxygen atoms join to form dioxygen (O 2), a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas. Oxygen also combines with elements at room temperature, for example, the formation of rust. Nor shall the RSC be in any event liable for any damage to your computer equipment or software which may occur on account of your access to or use of the Site, or your downloading of materials, data, text, software, or images from the Site, whether caused by a virus, bug or otherwise. Nitrous oxide resembles oxygen in its behavior when heated with combustible substances. The credit for discovering oxygen is now shared by three chemists: an Englishman, a Swede, and a Frenchman. If you wish to use the Images in a manner not permitted by these terms and conditions please contact the Publishing Services Department by email. Oxygen is used in the production of polyester polymers and antifreezes. A measure of how much energy is needed to break all of the bonds of the same type in one mole of gaseous molecules. Rockets use oxygen to burn liquid fuel and generate lift. The description of the element in its natural form. Oxygen, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas essential to living organisms, being taken up by animals, which convert it to carbon dioxide; plants, in turn, utilize carbon dioxide as a source of carbon and return the oxygen to the atmosphere. This is where the artist explains his interpretation of the element and the science behind the picture. We welcome your feedback. All such documents and related graphics are provided "as is" without any representation or endorsement made and warranty of any kind, whether expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy. It is reactive and forms oxides with every element except helium, neon, krypton, and argon. The gas is colourless, odourless and insipid in a normal state. Oxygen is the third most common element in the Universe, behind hydrogen and helium. So who first noticed this ubiquitous stuff? A horizontal row in the periodic table. Each allotrope has different physical properties. Properties of Oxygen (O 2): Oxygen is a colourless, odourless and is a highly reactive tasteless gas. Medium = substitution is possible but there may be an economic and/or performance impact, Low = substitution is possible with little or no economic and/or performance impact, If you wish to use the Images in a manner not permitted by these terms and conditions please contact the Publishing Services Department. The most common substances, such as oxygen, are states, matter, solids, liquids, gases, and plasma. Oxygen is used by animals and plants for respiration. OXYGEN the element is very common highly reactive nonmetallic element major component of air the second largest single component of the earth's atmosphere (21% by volume) Oxygen is the most abundant element by mass in the Earth‘s crust as part of oxide compounds such as silicon dioxide. The crust of earth is composed mainly of silicon-oxygen minerals, and many other elements are there as their oxides. See the article on Oxygen Element for additional information and facts about this substance. So why life is a gas, that was Mark Peplow revealing the secrets of the element that we can't live without. Uncombined elements have an oxidation state of 0. Specific heat capacity is the amount of energy needed to change the temperature of a kilogram of a substance by 1 K. A measure of the stiffness of a substance. It is defined as being the charge that an atom would have if all bonds were ionic. It is silicon dioxide (SiO2). Oxygen is a highly reactive element, highly paramagnetic, and is easily capable of combining with other elements. A measure of the propensity of a substance to evaporate. Chemistry in its element is brought to you by the Royal Society of Chemistry and produced by. Where more than one isotope exists, the value given is the abundance weighted average. Oxygen is a very reactive element that easily forms compounds such as oxides. It has five electrons in its outer shell and is, therefore, trivalent in most compounds. You may browse, download or print out one copy of the material displayed on the Site for your personal, non-commercial, non-public use, but you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. A measure of how difficult it is to compress a substance. Oxygen Therapy. Oxygen also combines with elements at room temperature, for example, the formation of rust. It is also used to make epoxyethane (ethylene oxide), used as antifreeze and to make polyester, and chloroethene, the precursor to PVC. Atoms of the same element with different numbers of neutrons. Boiling point It’s Elemental - The Periodic Table of Elements, Joseph Priestley in Wiltshire, England and independently by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in Uppsala, Sweden. So all that glitters isn't gold, but some is, and you can find out why on next week's Chemistry in its element. Half of the distance between two atoms within a single covalent bond. Oxygen isn't only about the dioxygen molecules that sustain us. The percentage of an element produced in the top producing country. Electron affinityThe energy released when an electron is added to the neutral atom and a negative ion is formed. A growing use is in the treatment of sewage and of effluent from industry. Quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen. You're listening to Chemistry in its element brought to you by. Photosynthesis uses energy from the sun to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. A measure of how difficult it is to deform a material. Half of the distance between two unbonded atoms of the same element when the electrostatic forces are balanced. 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