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Atomic symbol - Pt
Atomic weight - 195.08
Atomic number - 78
Electron configuration - 2-8-18-32-16-2
Oxidation states - +2, +4
State of matter - solid
Heavy metal-ductile
Discovered in 1557 by Julius Caesar Scaliger
Boils at 3827 .C, melts at 1769 .C

Platinum is very heavy and very precious. It has a silvery-white color. It's
soft and ductile and has good resistance to corrosion and chemical attack. It
is used as crucibles, electrodes, and dishes in the lab for heating up
materials. It also makes for a good catalyst.

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