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Information valid for C-12 unless otherwise noted

Basic Information

Symbol: C
Atomic Number: 6
Mass: 12.0107
Melting Point: 3500.0 C
Boiling Point: 4827.0 C
Number of Protons/Electrons: 6
Number of Neutrons: 6
Classification: Non-metal
Crystal Structure: Hexagonal
Density @ 293 K: 2.62 g/cm3
Color: May be black

Atomic Structure

[Bohr Model of Carbon]
Number of Energy Levels: 2

  1. First Energy Level: 2
    Second Energy Level: 4


Isotope Half Life
C-11 20.3 minutes
C-12 Stable
C-13 Stable
C-14 5730.0 years
C-15 2.5 seconds


Date of Discovery: Known to the ancients
Discoverer: Unknown
Name Origin: From the Latin carbo (coal)
Uses: steel, filters
Obtained From: burning with insufficient oxygen

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