Have you ever wondered what exactly is inside your iPad? Well there are many compounds and elements and I am going to go over a few today.
Elements and Compounds
There are many elements and compounds in your iPad including Silicon, Aluminium, Copper ,and Oxygen. Pure silicon is used in the chip inside your iPad. Aluminium is used to incase the iPad because it is light and strong. Copper is used for the wiring inside. Oxygen is used in various places in our iPad such as the touch screen feature.
Some of the other elements in our iPads are conflict minerals. These minerals are Tungsten (used to make your iPad vibrate), Tin (used in the touch screen feature and inside the mechanics of the iPad), Tantalum (used to regulate electricity and is also used in some of the microchips inside), and Gold (also used in the micro electrical components of our iPads. These minerals are called conflict minerals because people in places such as DR Congo are being forced to mine them if they want to live.
Some compounds in our iPads are Lithium Oxide (Lithium and Cobalt), Plastic (Plastics vary but the usually have things such ascarbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulphur), Glass (Aluminium, Silicon, and Potassium) , and Indium oxide ( Tin, Indium, and Oxygen). Lithium Oxide is in the battery of you iPad and Indium oxide is used in your screen. You can see plastic and glass on the screen and screen protecter of your iPad.
As I said before we have conflict minerals in our iPads such as gold. But where did this gold come from? Some of this gold was probably mined in a place with a steady government where the workers are using proper mining tools and getting payed a fair salary. The rest of the gold probably comes from a place the opposite of that such as DR Congo. Because of the unsteady government people will come in and threaten the people of Congo with death if they don’t agree to dig all day. Then these people take all the gold or other conflict minerals and smuggle them to another country, sell them, and make millions of dollars while the people that actually worked for it get payed nothing. This is a horrible thing to do to someone and we need to stop conflict minerals from being bought.
We Can Help
If we stop buying these conflict minerals then the people doing this will most likely stop harming the people of Congo and other places like it. This is the first time i have ever heard about conflict minerals and i don’t thinks many other people know about it either. If we simply spread the word then people will hear about it and might even do something about like writing letters to big companies that use some conflict minerals, such as Apple. If Apple gets a lot of letters like this the might even stop buying conflict minerals and the sales profit of people who sell conflict minerals will go down. if we all work together and spread the word, big things can happen!
Work Cited List
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