Calcium is a chemical element with the symbol Ca and an atomic mass of 40.078. Here are some of the more common uses of calcium in the world today!
Uses of Calcium
- Calcium is used as a reducing agent in order to extract metals such as uranium, zirconium and throium.
- Cheese is made using calcium ions to promote the coagulation of milk.
- Cement and mortar, important when constructing buildings and other things, are made using calcium.
- Calcium hydroxide is used to determine whether carbon dioxide is present. It is commonly used in science laboratories.
- Insecticides (chemicals that kill pests) are made using calcium arsenate.
- Aluminum, beryllium, copper, lead and magnesium alloys are made using calcium.
- Calcium tungstate is used in bright paints, X-ray studies and fluorescent lights.
- Fireworks, torpedoes and flares can all be made from calcium phosphide.
- Ice is removed from roads using calcium chloride. It is also added to canned tomatoes and is a conditioner in concrete.
- Calcium carbonate is used to make lime and limestone which are important in the glass industry.
- Acetylene gas (used for welding) and some plastics are made from calcium carbide.
- Calcium gluconate is used as a food additive. It is also added to vitamin pills.
- Blackboard chalk is made from calcium sulfate.
- Calcium hypochlorite is used to disinfect pools (remove bacteria) and is also a bleach. Additionally, it is added to deodorants and fungicide.
- Other compounds of calcium are used in liquid rocket fuel, textile production, dental products (including toothpaste), fertilizer and the making of dough and yeast products.