Osmium

The densest naturally occurring element is osmium. The professor shares his knowledge of the 76th element as part of the ongoing series about every element in the periodic table. Viewers learn about the properties, dangers, and uses for osmium.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Share more about the use of osmium in light bulbs
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of compounds, reactions, and metals
  • Avoid sharing the comments as many contain inappropriate language for a classroom
Pros

  • Includes closed captioning in English and Portuguese for ease of note taking
  • Shows a sample of this rarely seen metal
Cons

  • None