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What is the atomic radius of sulfur?

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The atomic radius of sulfur is 104 picometres. The element can be found on the periodic table under its atomic number of 16 and its atomic weight of 32.06.

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Sulfur is a yellow solid that changes into a red liquid when melted. If the liquid is suddenly cooled, it creates a substance known as plastic sulfur. Sulfur is used in rubber and batteries. It is brittle and has 19 different forms. Sulfur is part of the non-metal group on the periodic table. When sulfur burns, it creates a blue flame that produces sulfur dioxide. Sulfur can form with hydrogen to form hydrogen sulfide.

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