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Atomic symbol - Ge
Atomic weight - 72.61
Atomic number - 32
Electron configuration - 2-8-18-4
Oxidation states - +2, +4
State of matter - solid
Heavy metal-low melting
Discovered in 1886 by Clements Winkler
Boils at 2830 .C, melts at 937.4 .C

Germanium is an important element used in the manufacture of transistors, and
photocells. Germanium is never found free and is actually quite brittle even
though the atoms of a germanium crystal are found in the same arrangement as
carbon atoms in a diamond. It reacts quickly with the halogens to form

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