Connecting Chemistry

Polonium

Atomic symbol: Po
Atomic number: 84
Atomic mass: (209)

Appearance: Silvery solid at 25°C

Group: 16
Period: 6
Series: Post-transition metals
Block: p
Electron configuration: 1s² 2s² 2p⁶ 3s² 3p⁶ 3d¹⁰ 4s² 4p⁶ 4d¹⁰ 5s² 5p⁶ 4f¹⁴ 5d¹⁰ 6s² 6p⁴

Highly radioactive and toxic.

Emits a blue glow.

Fun Fact! Polonium is named after the Latin word for Poland, Polonio, after being founded by Polish scientist Marie Curie.

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