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A summer holiday quiz with only two* answers

1. The symbols of two commonly encountered metals can be formed from the first four letters of platinum. What are the symbols and names of the two metals?

2. Only one of these metals oxidises readily in a Bunsen burner flame, which one?

Aluminium and platinum foils in a Bunsen burner flame - which is which?

Aluminium and platinum foils in a Bunsen burner flame – which is which?

3. The words flammable and inflammable mean the same thing, which is, ‘burns easily’. Which of the two metals is highly flammable/inflammable when in powdered form?

4. Which of the two metals is used in the Thermite or Thermit reaction? Hint, see last months blog.

5. Which of the two metals is very abundant in the Earth’s crust and is produced in millions of tonnes annually?

6. Which of the two metals is relatively unreactive and placed at the bottom of the reactivity series of metals at GCSE?

7. One of the two metals is a precious metal and is used in making jewelry. Which one?

8. Which of the two metals is used to make an important anticancer drug? Hint, the drug is called cisplatin.

9. Which of the two metals is an important catalyst in many chemical reactions and can be used in catalytic converters in cars?

10. Which metal derives its name from the Spanish word for silver, plata?

11. Of the two metals, give the symbol of the metal with (a) “nium” at the end of its name and (b) “num” at the end of its name? This question may prove more difficult for Americans.

12. Which rare-earth metal could be an alternative answer for one of the metals in question 1?

*Well, three including the answer to question 12.

Answers
1. Pt, platinum & Al, aluminium
2. Al
3. Al
4. Al
5. Al
6. Pt
7. Pt
8. Pt
9. Pt
10. Pt
11 a) Al, b) Pt
12. La, lanthanum