• Question: What is patacium

    Asked by katie1998 to Ed, Katie, Sam, Steve, Vera on 15 Jun 2011.
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      Steven Daly answered on 14 Jun 2011:

      Potassium is one of the elements of the periodic table. It is a very soft metal, so soft you can cut it with a knife! It also is very reactive with water. If you put some potassium in water it will go bang, and give up a lot of purple sparks.

      Potassium is vital for animal life, without it our nerves do not work properly.

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      Sam Tazzyman answered on 14 Jun 2011:

      I remember doing potassium-in-water in practical in Chemistry when I was doing GCSE – it was great!

    • Photo: Katie Marriott

      Katie Marriott answered on 14 Jun 2011:

      It’s very important for a nervous system. I ahve been told if you get cramp eating a banana will help as bananas have lots of potassium!

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      Vera Weisbecker answered on 14 Jun 2011:

      AND you can use potassium compounds as baking powder :-)!

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      Edward Morrison answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      And the chemical symbol for potassium is K, just to be confusing.