The word 'tungsten' is derived from the Swedish words 'tung' and 'sten,' meaning "heavy stone." Tungsten's chemical symbol, W, comes from its early Germanic name, 'wolfram.' The word 'wolfram' comes from the mineral wolframite, meaning "the devourer of tin."
Tungsten is frequently alloyed with steel to create tough metals, which have stability even at high temperatures. This alloy is used to make equipment such as high-speed cutting tools and dental drills. Tungsten and its alloys are also used to make filaments for electric lamps and television tubes.Learn more about Homework Answers