Not Commonly Known Uses of Elements

Where do you see chemistry? It’s all around us! Elements are the building blocks of all things along with the compounds they form. Learn about some of the less commonly known uses of elements.

Experiments & Activities


  • Instant Hot Air Balloon
    Two elements come together to make one fun project. Create your own mini hot air balloon using a helium-filled aluminized Mylar balloon and foam cup.
  • Wood's Metal
    See if you can figure out why this alloy of four elements is the perfect choice for automatic fire sprinkler systems.
  • In Which I Play with White Phosphorus
    Watch as “one of the nastiest substances on Earth creates a beautiful glow.”

Articles & Information

(all sites accessed April 2013)