- 1 decade agoFavourite answer
No, I wouldn't say it is... Graphite is not an element, but carbon is. Carbon comes in different forms depending on the arrangement of the atoms - alotropes. Diamond has a strong tetrahedral structure, graphite has an extended ring structure that glide over each other. In pencils the carbon slides onto the paper.
Graphite is made of carbon, carbon is element 6 on the periodic table.
- Eddie1983Lv 61 decade ago
no graphite is not an element it is pure carbon which is an element number 6 on the periodic table,
in graphite carbon atoms are arranged in a layered fashion meaning that on an atomic level the atoms slide over each other which is why graphite is used in pencils because the graphite is easily transferred to the paper, lead is very similar in this respect which is why it was used before graphite (before it was found to be toxic)
carbon is found in many different pure forms that show very differrent properties these are called allotropes (a fancy word meaning variation)
one of the most beautiful but toughest substances is diamond, diamond is pure carbon and nothing else in diamond the atoms arrange them in a tetrahedral structure this is similar to how skyscrapers are built with the framework it gives the diamond its toughness but also its brilliance and attractiveness because of its ability to refract light so perfectly
other allotropes are used in industrial, chemical, electrical and medical practices
hope this helps
- 1 decade ago
Graphite is NOT an element, it's a material made up from a certain form of carbon formation. Diamonds are also a material made up from a certain form of carbon formation, but a different form, and you don't here people calling diamond an element.
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- ?Lv 44 years ago
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Graphite is a form of the element carbon. It is often used as an electrode because it will conduct electricity but does not often react with the electrolytic solution or with the products of the electrolysis. For your example, using a graphite anode for the electrolysis of aqueous copper (II) chloride, the anode will not corrode.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
no it is a form of carbon
a carbon atom is bonded to three others making a planar arrangement of hexagonal plates held together by weak forces so can easily slip over each other. Since carbon is only bonded to three other atoms, this means that there are delocalised electrons which give it its property of being able to conduct electricity.Source(s): my head
- NorrieLv 71 decade ago
Yes, it's one of the 8 Allotropes (different molecular structure) of pure Carbon. (Diamond is another).
- Robert DLv 71 decade ago
Yep. It's a form of carbon.
- 1 decade ago
Well I wouldn't think so because Graphite isn't present in the Periodic Table. Graphite is a polymorph of the element of Carbon. I'm pretty sure though.Source(s): Chemistry
- 1 decade ago
No it is not an element however it consists of mainly the carbon with other impurities