"Zinc, Cadmium, Mercury"
ABOUT THIS LESSON: Material Science, Metals, Zinc/Cadmium/Mercury

Lesson 19 of 33. This lesson will cover three different metals in group 12 of the periodic table. In addition to the general properties of these metals, the function of alkaline batteries is described. The electroplating process of zinc is presented.

Knowledge Check:
What are some of the uses for zinc?
Why are alkaline batteries called “alkaline”?
Describe the zinc electroplating process.
Name two uses of cadmium.
Describe the operation of a mercury tilt switch.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Theodore Miner has a B.S. degree in Physics and a degree in Electronics. He has worked for many years in the area of Industrial Control systems. His work involves evaluating materials and components used in electronic systems and performing failure analysis on control systems. His hobbies include tinkering with microcontroller home projects and ham radio.