Connecting Chemistry


Atomic symbol: Ag
Atomic number (# of protons): 47
Atomic mass: 107.87

Appearance: Silver solid at 25°C

Group: 11\ Period: 5
Series: Transition metals
Block: d
Electron configuration: 1s² 2s² 2p⁶ 3s² 3p⁶ 3d¹⁰ 4s² 4p⁶ 4d¹⁰ 5s¹

Silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal in the Periodic Table.

Used in coins, jewelery, cutlery and cooking utensils, mirrors, electronics, and more. Demand for silver is high since it has so many varied uses.

Fun Fact! Silver was one of the first five metals to ever be discovered, around 5000 BCE