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What is the normal phase of potassium?

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At room temperature, potassium is a solid. This alkali metal melts at 146.08 degrees Fahrenheit, or 63.38 degrees Celsius, and boils at 1,398 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 759 degrees Celsius.

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The term "potassium" is derived from the word "potash." Its chemical symbol, "K," is derived from "kalium," which is Latin for "alkali."

Potassium is a very soft metal. It is the eighth most common element on earth and makes up about 2 percent of the planet's crust. Commercially, potassium has several applications. For example, potassium chloride is a component of some fertilizers. Soaps, detergents and drain cleaners contain potassium hydroxide. Certain kinds of soap and glass contain potassium carbonate.

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