Chemical Elements History and Information Tin

About the chemical element Tin, its symbol, atomic number and weight, who discovered it and when.

The Atomic Elements and Their Uses

(Element) (Symbol) (Atomic number) (Atomic weight)

Tin Sn 50 118.69

Known since prehistoric times. Tin has been used since 3000 B.C. to make bronze, an alloy of copper and tin with traces of zinc. During the Bronze Age (approximately 3000 to 1400 B.C.) almost all metal tools and implements were made of bronze. Nowadays, most tin is used to make containers for food and pastes. Over 100 billion such containers are manufactured each year.

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