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Fluorine, F, 9, is a gaseous halogen, and is the most reactive of this group of elements. Pure fluorine almost cannot be visibly stored, becuase it strongly decays most types of glass.

Fluorine doesn't have many pure uses in industry, however it can form some very useful compounds. Fluoride compounds, such as calcium fluoride, are well known for helping create strong teeth.

There are many plastics made with fluorine, most well known probably being teflon, which is extremely non-reactive and can be used to store even the most harmful acids. Teflon is also very very slippery, so can be used for things that require moving parts. It's actual name is "polytetrafluoroethylene", and consists entirely of fluorine and carbon, 76% being fluorine.

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Fluorine in Teflon

"Polytetrafluorethylene", or Teflon as a brand name, is a string of carbon atoms, each surrounded by 4 fluorine atoms (So somewhat like carbon inside a fluorine tube). These strings can be millions of molecules long, thus making it a plastic which has strength because of the knotted-together nature of these strings.

Date added(year-month-day):20110723, sample number:6

Tags(Elements in sample):fluorine

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