Scandium was predicted by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in his periodic table in 1869. Later on, in 1879 it was discovered and isolated by Swedish chemist Lars Fredrik Nilson. It was named after the Northern Europe region Scandinavia.


How many valence electrons does scandium have?

The electronic configuration of Scandium is [Ar] 3d1 4s2. There are 3 valence electrons in Scandium.

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What is scandium used for?

Scandium alloy is used in the following.

Aluminium-Scandium alloy is used in some parts of aircraft. Its alloy is also used in baseball bats and bicycle components. Scandium-46 an isotope of Scandium is used as a tracing agent. It is used in metal-halide lamps.