eva asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

Is graphite an element or compound?


Ya, graphite is composed of 100%carbon. With this, can we say that graphite is an element or compound of carbon? Compound is composed of two or more elements combined in a substance in definite proportions, in the form of molecules held together by chemical bonds.

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    graphite is one kind of carbon which is an element and so is a diamond which is compressed carbon both are pure carbon.

  • aven
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Is Graphite An Element

  • 1 decade ago

    Carbon is the element. Graphite is simply a form of solid carbon. You have three major types of carbons: graphite, diamond, and the fullerenes. Don't worry about the last one really. But yeah, graphite is simply a whole bunch of carbons bound together. The difference between graphite and diamond is the way they're packed: graphite is more layered and diamond is more tetrahedral. I'm sure of what diamond looks like because we JUST went over it in inorganic chemistry but we didn't focus on graphite. I think it's basically a whole series of planar carbons stacked on top of each other. It's not really a compound.... it's the solid-state structure of carbon.

  • Tracy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    if I understand the way you've asked the question, you sought to identify the specific examples that you gave of Air, graphite, water, petrol, ethanol, nylon, steel, protein, chromium Which is a/an: 1) Element graphite is pure carbon that has taken on structural differences but the actual chemical property remains C Thus, even though graphite is named on the Table of Elements, it is still made entirely of Carbon and thus qualifies as an Element and not a compound Chromium is an element. 2) compound with only 2 elements distilled water has only two elements, hydrogen and oxygen 3) compound that contains nitrogen air contains nitrogen 4) mixture of compounds nylon is a mixture of compounds, the same is true for proteins 5) mixture of elements steel is a mixture of chromium, nickel and molybdenum, petrol is made up of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen as is ethanol

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  • 1 decade ago


    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    For other uses, see Graphite (disambiguation).



    Category Native mineral

    Chemical formula Carbon, C


    Color Steel black, to gray

    Crystal habit Tabular, six-sided foliated masses, granular to compacted masses

    Crystal system Hexagonal (6/m 2/m 2/m)

    Cleavage Perfect in one direction

    Fracture Flaky, otherwise rough when not on cleavage

    Mohs Scale hardness 1 - 2

    Luster Dull metallic, earthy

    Refractive index Opaque

    Pleochroism None

    Streak Black

    Density 2.09–2.23 g/cm³

    Solubility Molten Ni

    Graphite (named by Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1789 from the Greek γραφειν: "to draw/write", for its use in pencils) is one of the allotropes of carbon. Unlike diamond, graphite is an electrical conductor, and can be used, for instance, as the material in the electrodes of an electrical arc lamp. Graphite holds the distinction of being the most stable form of solid carbon ever discovered. It may be considered to be the highest grade of coal, just above anthracite, although it is not normally used as fuel because it is hard to ignite.

  • 1 decade ago

    Pure graphite is 100% carbon. These days your pencil graphite is mixed with clay to hold its shape though.

  • Janet
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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    Graphite is one form (allotrope) of the element carbon. Grape juice if it contains insoluble matter is a heterogeneous mixture. If it contains no insoluble matter it is a solution which by definition is homogeneous and a mixture. Note all solutions are mixtures of solute and solvent.

  • 1 decade ago

    Graphite is one of the allotropes of carbon. Graphite holds the distinction of being the most stable form of solid carbon ever discovered.

    Source(s): Wikipedia
  • 1 decade ago

    graphite is an amorphous allotrope of carbon.

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