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Name: peter
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Date: 1999 

How many synthetic elements are there and why are they made?

How many? principle, any element can be made, or synthesized. So all elements are potentially synthetic. I think you might want to know "how many elements exist only because humans make them artificially?" In that case, my periodic table says elements 43, 61, and 93 - 103 are all synthetically created elements.

Why are they made? I can think of two reasons:

(1) so that we can learn more about why some elements exist while others don't exist, and therefore understand nuclear structure better

(2) because we can! (sort of like: why climb a mountain? Ans: because it's there to climb.)

-dr topper

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