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Elemental Dice 1-4

Update 2022-08-09: I got a precision scale that gives me two decimals on the weight in grams. It turned out that my initial weights were rather good, essentially just rounding errors. Total weight of all 25 dice was 3.29 grams lower with the new scale, which gives an average error of ~0.12 grams, and the biggest error was 0.96g. When I obtain Elemental Dice 5 I will make a new post with more accurate weights.

I have received Elemental Dice 4, and will now make a post about all the 25 dice. I have previously posted about 1-3 and Silver. Lets start with a picture of all 25 (it is hard with light and reflections).

I have measured the density of all the dice on a kitchen scale with 1g precision.

EDAtomic WeightElementDens (g/cm)Dice Weight (g)Weight quoteActual Density (g/cm)Quote
46C2.2673.101.7175.62%
12Mg1.73874.031.7198.33%
13Al2.7114.072.6999.46%
22Ti4.5184.004.3997.66%
424Cr7.19283.896.8495.08%
26Fe7.874303.817.3293.02%
427Co8.9353.938.5496.01%
28Ni8.9353.938.5496.01%
29Cu8.96364.028.7998.09%
30Zi7.133253.506.1085.57%
439Y4.47173.804.1592.85%
440Zr6.49264.016.3597.81%
441Nb8.57333.858.0694.01%
442Mo10.2403.929.7795.74%
45Rh14.4352.438.5459.34%Plated
46Pd11.9352.948.5471.81%Plated
X47Ag10.49413.9110.0195.42%
448Cd8.7333.798.0692.61%
50Sn7.31293.977.0896.85%
464Gd7.9313.927.5795.80%
74W19.3773.9918.8097.40%
78Pt21.45341.598.3038.70%Plated
79Au19.25351.828.5444.39%Plated
482Pb11.29433.8110.5092.99%
83Bi9.78383.899.2894.86%

A “4” in the first column is that they are new for the Elemental Dice 4 series and not included in my previous article. Densities seem quite fine, most of them well above 90% (which means I have no imminent reason to think the dice are not what they say they are). Carbon (C) has a lower density than expected (for graphite) but Carbon is not a metal and it makes sense to me that manufacturing method affects the atomic configuration.

The box states “pure elements can change color over time as the result of long term air chemical reactions with the […] air”. I sorted them from darkest to lightest and took a picture:

10 dice, sorted by shade of grey

This is difficult. Pb is more blue/cold. Cr is very shiny. Gd & Y changes position depending on light and perspective. But it gives you a hint.

Fe, Co, Ni (26,27,28) are all magnetic, as is Gd. The plated dice are slightly magnetic due to the material in the core, not the plating.