CALCIUM

Introduction

Atomic Number: 20
Group: 2 or II A
Atomic Weight: 40.078
Period: 4
CAS Number: 7440-70-2

Classification

Chalcogen
Halogen
Noble Gas
Lanthanoid
Actinoid

Platinum Group Metal
Transuranium
No Stable Isotopes
Solid
Liquid
Gas
Solid (Predicted)

Description

Though lime was prepared by the Romans in the first century under the name calx, the metal was not discovered until 1808. After learning that Berzelius and Pontin prepared calcium amalgam by electrolyzing lime in mercury, Davy was able to isolate the impure metal. Calcium is a metallic element, fifth in abundance in the earth’s crust, of which it forms more than 3%. It is an essential constituent of leaves, bones, teeth, and shells. Never found in nature uncombined, it occurs abundantly as limestone (CaCO3), gypsum (CaSO4 · 2H2O), and fluorite (Caf2); apatite is the fluorophosphate or chlorophosphate of calcium. The metal has a silvery color, is rather hard, and is prepared by electrolysis of the fused chloride to which calcium fluoride is added to lower the melting point. Chemically it is one of the alkaline earth elements; it readily forms a white coating of oxide in air, reacts with water, burns with a yellow-red flame, forming largely the oxide. The metal is used as a reducing agent in preparing other metals such as thorium, uranium, zirconium, etc., and is used as a deoxidizer, desulfurizer, and inclusion modifier for various ferrous and nonferrous alloys. It is also used as an alloying agent for aluminum, beryllium, copper, lead, and magnesium alloys, and serves as a “getter” for residual gases in vacuum tubes, etc. Its natural and prepared compounds are widely used. Quicklime (CaO), made by heating limestone and changed into slaked lime by the careful addition of water, is the great cheap base of chemical industry with countless uses. Mixed with sand it hardens as mortar and plaster by taking up carbon dioxide from the air. Calcium from limestone is an important element in Portland cement. The solubility of the carbonate in water containing carbon dioxide causes the formation of caves with stalactites and stalagmites and is responsible for hardness in water. Other important compounds are the carbide (CaC2), chloride (CaCl2), cyanamide (CaCN2), hypochlorite (Ca(OCl)2), nitrate (Ca(NO3)2), and sulfide (CaS). Natural calcium contains six isotopes. Thirteen other radioactive isotopes are known. Metallic calcium (99.5%) costs about $200/kg. 1

Uses/Function

•found primarily in the structural minerals comprising bones and teeth" 2
•Reducing agent for production of less common metals' alloying agent to increase strength and corrosion resistance in lead, to improve mechanical and electrical properties in aluminum; refinign agent to remove bismuth from lead. In metallurgy as a scavenger to deoxidize, desulfurize and degas steel and cast iron; to control non-metallic inclusions in steel; to promote uniform microstructure in gray iron. As anode material in thermal batteries; as "getter" for oxygen and nitrogen." 3
•It has been suggested that magnesium, an essential component in chlorophyll, is removed from pine needles by the combined effects of ozone and acids...Another harmful effect of acid rain may be that it leaches essential metal ions such as Ca2+ and Mg2+ from soil as soluble salts." 4
•used as a reducing agent in the metallurgy of uranium, thorium, and other metals. It is also used as a scavenger to remove dissolved impurities such as oxygen, sulfur, and carbon in molten metals and to remove the residual gases in vacuum tubes. It is a component of many alloys." 5

Physical Properties

Melting Point:6*  842 °C = 1115.15 K = 1547.6 °F
Boiling Point:6* 1484 °C = 1757.15 K = 2703.2 °F
Sublimation Point:6 
Triple Point:6 
Critical Point:6 
Density:7  1.54 g/cm3

* - at 1 atm

Electron Configuration

Electron Configuration: [Ar] 4s2
Block: s
Highest Occupied Energy Level: 4
Valence Electrons: 2

Quantum Numbers:

n = 4
ℓ = 0
m = 0
ms = -½

Bonding

Electronegativity (Pauling scale):8 1.00
Electropositivity (Pauling scale): 3
Electron Affinity:9 0.02455 eV
Oxidation States: +2
Work Function:10 2.71 eV = 4.34142E-19 J

Ionization Potential   eV 11  kJ/mol  
1 6.11316    589.8
2 11.87172    1145.4
3 50.9131    4912.4
4 67.27    6490.6
5 84.5    8153.0
6 108.78    10495.7
Ionization Potential   eV 11  kJ/mol  
6 108.78    10495.7
7 127.2    12272.9
8 147.24    14206.5
9 188.54    18191.3
10 211.275    20384.9
11 591.9    57109.7
12 657.2    63410.1
13 726.6    70106.2
Ionization Potential   eV 11  kJ/mol  
14 817.6    78886.4
15 894.5    86306.1
16 974    93976.7
17 1087    104879.5
18 1157.8    111710.7
19 5128.8    494853.9
20 5469.864    527761.5

Thermochemistry

Specific Heat: 0.647 J/g°C 12 = 25.930 J/mol°C = 0.155 cal/g°C = 6.198 cal/mol°C
Thermal Conductivity: 200 (W/m)/K, 27ºC 13
Heat of Fusion: 8.54 kJ/mol 14 = 213.1 J/g
Heat of Vaporization: 153.3 kJ/mol 15 = 3825.0 J/g
State of Matter Enthalpy of Formation (ΔHf°)16 Entropy (S°)16 Gibbs Free Energy (ΔGf°)16
(kcal/mol) (kJ/mol) (cal/K) (J/K) (kcal/mol) (kJ/mol)
(s) 0 0 9.90 41.4216 0 0
(ℓ) 2.61 10.92024 12.11 50.66824 1.96 8.20064
(g) 42.85 179.2844 36.99 154.76616 34.78 145.51952

Isotopes

Nuclide Mass 17 Half-Life 17 Nuclear Spin 17 Binding Energy
34Ca 34.01412(32)# <35 ns 0+ 239.19 MeV
35Ca 35.00494(21)# 25.7(2) ms 1/2+# 256.59 MeV
36Ca 35.99309(4) 102(2) ms 0+ 274.91 MeV
37Ca 36.985870(24) 181.1(10) ms (3/2+) 290.45 MeV
38Ca 37.976318(5) 440(8) ms 0+ 306.91 MeV
39Ca 38.9707197(20) 859.6(14) ms 3/2+ 320.58 MeV
40Ca 39.96259098(22) STABLE 0+ 336.11 MeV
41Ca 40.96227806(26) 1.02(7)E+5 a 7/2- 344.19 MeV
42Ca 41.95861801(27) STABLE 0+ 355.99 MeV
43Ca 42.9587666(3) STABLE 7/2- 364.07 MeV
44Ca 43.9554818(4) STABLE 0+ 374.95 MeV
45Ca 44.9561866(4) 162.67(25) d 7/2- 382.09 MeV
46Ca 45.9536926(24) STABLE 0+ 392.97 MeV
47Ca 46.9545460(24) 4.536(3) d 7/2- 400.11 MeV
48Ca 47.952534(4) 43(38)E+18 a 0+ 410.05 MeV
49Ca 48.955674(4) 8.718(6) min 3/2- 415.34 MeV
50Ca 49.957519(10) 13.9(6) s 0+ 421.55 MeV
51Ca 50.9615(1) 10.0(8) s (3/2-)# 425.91 MeV
52Ca 51.96510(75) 4.6(3) s 0+ 430.26 MeV
53Ca 52.97005(54)# 90(15) ms 3/2-# 433.68 MeV
54Ca 53.97435(75)# 50# ms [>300 ns] 0+ 438.03 MeV
55Ca 54.98055(75)# 30# ms [>300 ns] 5/2-# 440.52 MeV
56Ca 55.98557(97)# 10# ms [>300 ns] 0+ 443.94 MeV
57Ca 56.99236(107)# 5# ms 5/2-# 445.50 MeV
Values marked # are not purely derived from experimental data, but at least partly from systematic trends. Spins with weak assignment arguments are enclosed in parentheses. 17

Reactions

2 18

Abundance

Earth - Source Compounds: carbonates/sulfates 19
Earth - Seawater: 412 mg/L 20
Earth -  Crust:  41500 mg/kg = 4.15% 20
Earth -  Mantle:  2.1% 21
Earth -  Lithosphere:  4.66% 22
Earth -  Hydrosphere:  0.05% 22
Earth -  Total:  1.54% 23
Mercury -  Total:  1.18% 23
Venus -  Total:  1.61% 23
Universe -  Total:  0.007% 21
Chondrites - Total: 4.9×104 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 24
Human Body - Total: 1.4% 25

Compounds

Safety Information


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