Zinc is classified as a metal, a nonmetal, or a metalloid.

At room temperature, zinc is a solid and is categorised as a metal element. Its melting temperature is 787 degrees Fahrenheit, its boiling point is 1,665 degrees Fahrenheit, and its atomic weight is 65.38. The periodic table of elements assigns the number 30 to zinc, which is assigned to group 12 and does not have a name.

Zinc compounds have been used in the production of brass for over 2,500 years, but it wasn’t until much later that they were recognised as a distinct element. The majority of zinc nowadays is produced via electrolysis of aqueous zinc sulphate. Zinc is used in cosmetics, paint, printing, plastics, batteries, and soap making, and it is alloyed with tin and lead to make solder, which is used to join pipes, metallic goods, and electrical components.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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