Date of Award

6-1964

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Uranium became known in the same epoch of history that saw the discovery of the planet Uranus. It was so named. Uranium is a rather active element and never occurs free in nature. Its ores include uraninite is by far the most important. This ore is sometimes called pitchblende and has a simplest empirical formula of UO2. Due to the fact that it is always found partially oxidized its composition may range between that of UO2 and U3O8. This latter form contains both tetra and hexavalent uranium. An illustrative structure is given below. It is sometimes regarded as uranyl uranate, which takes the formula (UO2)2UO4. Perhaps the best proposed formula is UO2

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