by Donna B. McKinney


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Carbon is amazing. In the form of a diamond, carbon is one of the hardest materials in the known world. In the form of pencil lead, it's easily broken with our fingers, Carbon is the most common element on Earth. Think of it as a h block of life-it's found in all living creatures. And it's so old, people have known of its existence since prehistoric times. Yet scientists today continue to discover new forms of carbon. This book will help students better understand the basics of chemistry as they learn what carbon is and how important it is in our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766099067
Publisher: Enslow Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Series: Exploring the Elements
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Carbon: Number 6 on the Periodic Table 8

Chapter 2 Carbon and the Periodic Table: Elements Are Organized 14

Chapter 3 Carbon's Place in Nature 19

Chapter 4 Carbon: A Building Block of Life 27

Chapter 5 Carbon Compounds All Around 33

Chapter 6 Carbon-14 Tells the Age 39

Glossary 43

Further Reading 45

Bibliography 46

Index 47

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