Connecting Chemistry


Atomic symbol: Zn
Atomic number: 30
Atomic mass: 65.38

Appearance: Silver-gray solid at 25°C

Group: 12
Period: 4
Series: Transition metals
Block: d
Electron configuration: 1s² 2s² 2p⁶ 3s² 3p⁶ 3d¹⁰ 4s²

Zinc is combined with copper to make the alloy brass.

Zinc is used to galvanize other metals and alloys, like iron and steel, to prevent rusting.

Fun Fact! Supplementing with zinc after onset has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold. However, in excess, zinc is also carcinogenic.