Magnesium

12
Mg
24.3006(6)

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Used in racing bikes.

Properties

Symbol Name Atomic Number Atomic Weight Group Number
Mg Magnesium 12 24.3006(6) 2

Description

Standard State: solid at 298 K
Color: silvery white

Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element in the earth's crust.  It is used in flashlights, photography, flares, pyrotechnics, and incendiary bombs.  An adult has a requirement of 300 mg/day of magnesium.  When magnesium is in a divided state, serious fires can occur; consequently, water should never be used on these fires.