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Answered 2013-02-08 19:14:18

Tin is a chemical element. It is often obtained from a mineral called cassiterite (SnO2) and is extracted via cooking it in a furnace with carbon. It is often used as a protective coating on top of other metals (ex. tin cans [made from steel]) to protect them from rust.

Symbol: Sn (from the latin word Stannum)

Atomic number: 50

Mass number: 118.71

Group number: IVA/4A or 14

Period number: 5

Electron shell configuration: 1s22s22p63s23p63d104s24p64d105s25p2

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