Tin

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Tin, Sn, 50, is a cheap, soft metal, pretty average in looks. The chemical symbol Sn comes from latin for tin, which is "stannum"

Tin is unusal because it's atom has many different isotopes, meaning it is stable with different numbers of neutrons. Tin can have 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, or 74 neutrons, 70 being most common, making up about 33% of all natural tin.

Tin has been used for quite some time, especially in alloys with copper known as bronze, after which the "bronze age" was named. Bronze is a golden colored metal, which is stronger than either copper or tin alone, and was used to make weapons and armor before steel making was well known.

Tin is also the main component in an alloy called pewter, which is 85% tin, and was used for dishes before ceramics such as china became more common.

These are my samples!

Tin Cups

I regularly look for junk pewter at flea markets to sell to a friend who melts them down to make jewelry, and I found these cups which are oddly enough marked as "tin" instead of pewter.. Pewter is over 90% tin anyway, so I guess why not save steps and just use pure tin?

Date added(year-month-day):20120511, sample number:105

Tags(Elements in sample):tin

Tin Metal Shot, 99.96%

This is beautiful shiny 99.9% pure tin, in the form of small pellets, most likely cast by dumping liquid tin off a tall tower or into water (or both). Tin is non-toxic, easy to melt, and doesn't corrode easily in normal conditions, which is why I like it so much! You can buy your own at the Atomic Emporium webstore.

Date added(year-month-day):20120229, sample number:92

Tags(Elements in sample):tin

Small Bullion Bar Set

This is a small set of bars I got as a gift, including titanium, niobium, molybdenum, indium, tin, and tantalum. It had a few more like brass and copper, but I didn't include them because they weren't unusual enough....

Date added(year-month-day):20110724, sample number:17

Tags(Elements in sample):titanium, niobium, molybdenum, indium, tin, tantalum

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