|Origin of Name
||From the English word potash, meaning pot ashes, and the Arabic word qali,
meaning alkali. The symbol K comes from the Latin word kalium, meaning alkali.
|Date and Place of Discovery
||In 1807 in London, England
||Sir Humphry Davy
- It was the first metal to be isolated using electrolysis.
- It catches fire when exposed to water.
- It burns with a violet flame.
- It is found in all living plant and animal cells.
- The human body uses it to promote regular heartbeat, help build muscles, help contract
muscles, regulate blood pressure, and control the water balance in body tissues and cells.
- A diet low in potassium and high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure.
- Heat-transfer systems
- Helps human metabolism