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.
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
graphite is one kind of carbon which is an element and so is a diamond which is compressed carbon both are pure carbon.
- 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.
- TracyLv 44 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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- Lorenzo SteedLv 71 decade ago
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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
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.
- Roman SoldierLv 51 decade ago
Pure graphite is 100% carbon. These days your pencil graphite is mixed with clay to hold its shape though.
- JanetLv 44 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.