Tin is an element that is made up of the mineral cassiterite and mined from the crust of the earth. The combination of cassiterite and carbon in a high heat setting forms the type of tin that is used in modern applications.
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Solder, the outside of cans and cooking utensils, are traditionally made of tin. While tin is still a very common metal in the United States, aluminum is generally used in place of tin because it is less expensive.
The majority of tin is mined using bucket-line dredging. In this mining method, an endless chain of buckets transports the soil that contains the tin from the excavation site to the area where it is washed and roughly concentrated.
Tin was discovered prior to the beginning of recorded history, so its exact date of discovery is unknown. Its first known use was at the start of the Bronze Age in approximately 3000 B.C. During this time period, it was used exclusively as a component of bronze and pewter alloys.
The specific heat of tin at 25 degrees Celsius is 0.21 joules per gram per degree Celsius. Since tin is a solid, its specific heat is nearly constant at room temperature and above.
Tin is technically considered a magnetic metal. However, the magnetic properties of tin are so weak that it could generally be considered to be non-magnetic.
Tin is magnetic in the literal sense of the word. The effect is so weak that it could be considered non-magnetic for all practical purposes. It is called a paramagnetic substance scientifically, but it has such a weak effect that it can be compared to a diamagnetic element.
All tin cans are recyclable, according to Waste Management. Tin cans are actually aluminum, but they are sometimes called tin cans because there is a micro-thin layer of tin coating the inside of the can to help it from rusting.
The discoverer of tin is unknown. However, this element dates back to ancient times. The chemical symbol for tin is Sn, and it has an atomic number of 50.