Name That Periodic Table Element!

How much do you remember from your AP Chemistry class?

Introduction

How familiar are you with the elements of the periodic table? I am sure you have learned about them in school, or you've at least seen a poster of the table on your classroom wall, but how well do you remember it?

The periodic table is a chart which arranges the chemical elements in a useful and logical manner. Elements are listed in order of increasing atomic number, lined up so that elements which have similar properties are arranged in the same row or column as each other. The periodic table is one of the most useful tools of chemistry and the other sciences. It was proposed in 1869 by the chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. He was late in submitting his work on all 63 elements, so in order to rush things, he made a database of all the elements according to their atomic weights. Using the table, Mendeleev was able to accurately predict the properties of many elements before they were actually discovered. It is called "periodic" because elements are lined up in cycles or periods. From left to right, the elements are lined up in rows based on their atomic number; each horizontal row in the table is a period.

There are a lot of interesting facts about the periodic table and the elements themselves. Did you know that carbon is unique in that it is known to form up to 10 million different compounds? Or that francium is the rarest element on earth? Also, you will not find letter “J” in the periodic table. It is the only letter that does not appear. Even countries can be named after the periodic table elements—Argentina is named after the element silver (which uses the symbol Ag), coming from “argentum” in Latin.

If you want to be like Marie Curie or other famous chemists, this is your opportunity! Take this quiz for a fun and interesting adventure. Find out how well you know the periodic table!

Description

How familiar are you with the elements of the periodic table? I am sure you have learned about them in school, or you've at least seen a poster of the table on your classroom wall, but how well do you remember it?

The periodic table is a chart which arranges the chemical elements in a useful and logical manner. Elements are listed in order of increasing atomic number, lined up so that elements which have similar properties are arranged in the same row or column as each other. The periodic table is one of the most useful tools of chemistry and the other sciences. It was proposed in 1869 by the chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. He was late in submitting his work on all 63 elements, so in order to rush things, he made a database of all the elements according to their atomic weights. Using the table, Mendeleev was able to accurately predict the properties of many elements before they were actually discovered. It is called "periodic" because elements are lined up in cycles or periods. From left to right, the elements are lined up in rows based on their atomic number; each horizontal row in the table is a period.

There are a lot of interesting facts about the periodic table and the elements themselves. Did you know that carbon is unique in that it is known to form up to 10 million different compounds? Or that francium is the rarest element on earth? Also, you will not find letter “J” in the periodic table. It is the only letter that does not appear. Even countries can be named after the periodic table elements—Argentina is named after the element silver (which uses the symbol Ag), coming from “argentum” in Latin.

If you want to be like Marie Curie or other famous chemists, this is your opportunity! Take this quiz for a fun and interesting adventure. Find out how well you know the periodic table!

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How familiar are you with the periodic table of elements?


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Let's Play!

1. What element is this?


1. What element is this?

1. Hafnium

2. Hydrogen

3. Helium

4. Holmium

The correct answer is hydrogen. Did you know that around 10% of the mass of the human body is hydrogen?



2. What element is this?


2. What element is this?

1. Lithium

2. Livermorium

3. Lutetium

4. Lawrencium

The correct answer is lithium. It is so light that it can float on water and, even though it is a metal, it is soft enough to cut with a knife.



3. What element is this?


3. What element is this?

1. Plutonium

2. Neon

3. Sodium

4. Nihonium

The correct answer is sodium. Its name comes from the English word "soda" because Sir Humphry Davy used caustic soda when isolating the element. The symbol Na comes from the Latin word "natrium."



4. What element is this?


4. What element is this?

1. Potassium

2. Krypton

3. Cerium

4. Tin

The correct answer is Potassium. The K symbol for the element comes from the Latin word "kalium," which means potash (which is a potassium compound). You can find potassium in bananas, avocados, nuts, chocolate, parsley, and potatoes.



5. What element is this?


5. What element is this?

1. Mendelevium

2. Magnesium

3. Meitnerium

4. Manganese

The correct answer is magnesium. Its name comes from the district of Magnesia in Greece, where the compound magnesium carbonate was first found.



6. What element is this?


6. What element is this?

1. Calcium

2. Cerium

3. Caesium

4. Californium

The correct answer is calcium. It was named after the Latin word "calx," which means lime. Some of the best sources of calcium for the human body are foods like cheese, yogurt, and milk.



7. What element is this?


7. What element is this?

1. Hydrogen

2. Hafnium

3. Helium

4. Holmium

The correct answer is helium. The speed of sound in pure helium is around three times the speed of sound in the air; this is the reason you get high-pitched and squeaky when you breathe helium.



8. What element is this?


8. What element is this?

1. Iridium

2. Iron

3. Iodine

4. Indium

The correct answer is iron. It has been used by people since ancient times. Iron is even mentioned in the Book of Genesis in the Bible.



9. What element is this?


9. What element is this?

1. Niobium

2. Nihonium

3. Nickel

4. Nitrogen

The correct answer is nickel. It gets its name from the German word "kupfernickel," which means "devil's copper."



10. What element is this?


10. What element is this?

1. Phosphorus

2. Platinum

3. Praseodymium

4. Promethium

The correct answer is platinum. The name comes from the Spanish word "platina," which means "silver."



11. What element is this?


11. What element is this?

1. Chromium

2. Calcium

3. Copper

4. Cobalt

The correct answer is copper. It was named after the word "Cuprum," which is the Latin name for the island of Cyprus, the place where the Romans mined much of their copper.



12. What element is this?


12. What element is this?

1. Argon

2. Silver

3. Actinium

4. Samarium

The correct answer is silver. Did you know that the country Argentina is actually named after the element silver (which is "argentum" in Latin)?



13. What element is this?


13. What element is this?

1. Zinc

2. Actinium

3. Zirconium

4. Nihonium

The correct answer is zinc. It can be found in foods such as sesame seeds, wheat, beans, mustard, and nuts.



14. What element is this?


14. What element is this?

1. Helium

2. Holmium

3. Mercury

4. Hafnium

The correct answer is mercury. It is poisonous! You should never hold it in your bare hands or inhale it.



15. What element is this?


15. What element is this?

1. Nihonium

2. Nickel

3. Nitrogen

4. Neon

The correct answer is neon. It was discovered in 1898 and named after the Greek word "neos," which means "new."



16. What element is this?


16. What element is this?

1. Actinium

2. Aluminum

3. Astatine

4. Argon

The correct answer is aluminum. Did you know that in the mid-1800s, aluminum was more expensive than gold?



17. What element is this?


17. What element is this?

1. Calcium

2. Copper

3. Carbon

4. Cobalt

The correct answer is carbon. It is known to form up to 10 million different compounds, which makes it quite unique, not to mention versatile.



18. What element is this?


18. What element is this?

1. Scandium

2. Sulfur

3. Silicon

4. Selenium

The correct answer is silicon. The name comes from the Latin word "silicus," meaning "flint," as flint is a mineral that contains silicon.



19. What element is this?


19. What element is this?

1. Niobium

2. Nihonium

3. Nickel

4. Nitrogen

The correct answer is nitrogen. Did you know that it is produced deep inside stars by a process called fusion?



20. What element is this?


20. What element is this?

1. Phosphorus

2. Platinum

3. Praseodymium

4. Promethium

The correct answer is phosphorus. It was discovered in 1669 and its came from the Greek word "phosphoros," meaning "bringer of light." Phosphorus got this name because it glowed in the dark.



21. What element is this?


21. What element is this?

1. Aluminum

2. Arsenic

3. Astatine

4. Argon

The correct answer is arsenic. The process of bronzing uses arsenic.



22. What element is this?


22. What element is this?

1. Mercury

2. Magnesium

3. Mendelevium

4. Manganese

The correct answer is mendelevium. It was named after Dimitri Mendeleev, the creator of the periodic table. Mendelevium is used only for scientific research.



23. What element is this?


23. What element is this?

1. Oxygen

2. Holmium

3. Osmium

4. Oganesson

The correct answer is oxygen. The name comes from the Greek word "oxygenes," meaning "acid producer."



24. What element is this?


24. What element is this?

1. Silicon

2. Selenium

3. Sulfur

4. Scandium

The correct answer is sulfur. Its name comes from the Latin word "sulphur," which means "to burn."



25. What element is this?


25. What element is this?

1. Francium

2. Flerovium

3. Iron

4. Fluorine

The correct answer is fluorine. It was isolated in 1886. The name fluorine is derived from the Latin word "fluere," meaning "to flow."



26. What element is this?


26. What element is this?

1. Calcium

2. Chlorine

3. Copper

4. Carbon

The correct answer is chlorine. Chlorine gas was the gas used by Germans in WWI to poison Allied soldiers.



27. What element is this?


27. What element is this?

1. Iodine

2. Iridium

3. Iron

4. Indium

The correct answer is iodine. It gets its name from the Greek word "iodes," which means "violet."



28. What element is this?


28. What element is this?

1. Boron

2. Bismuth

3. Beryllium

4. Barium

The correct answer is beryllium. You can find it in gems like emeralds and aquamarines.



29. What element is this?


29. What element is this?

1. Boron

2. Bismuth

3. Beryllium

4. Barium

The correct answer is barium. It was discovered by Sir Humphry Davy in 1808. Its name comes from the Greek word meaning "heavy."



30. What element is this?


30. What element is this?

1. Nickel

2. Thallium

3. Iridium

4. Titanium

The correct answer is titanium. It was named after the Titans, who were Greek gods. Titanium is found in meteorites, on the Moon, and in some types of stars.



31. What element is this?


31. What element is this?

1. Zirconium

2. Francium

3. Zinc

4. Krypton

The correct answer is zirconium. It was discovered in 1789. The name zirconium comes from the Arabic word "zargun," meaning "gold color."



32. What element is this?


32. What element is this?

1. Cerium

2. Chromium

3. Calcium

4. Caesium

The correct answer is chromium. Its name comes from the Greek word "chroma," meaning "color." This name was chosen because the element can form many different colored compounds.



33. What element is this?


33. What element is this?

1. Lithium

2. Tantalum

3. Uranium

4. Curium

The correct answer is Uranium. It is not only dangerous because of its radioactivity, but also because it is chemically poisonous to humans!



34. What element is this?


34. What element is this?

1. Plutonium

2. Platinum

3. Phosphorus

4. Palladium

The correct answer is Plutonium. It was discovered by a team of scientists in 1940, being named after the dwarf planet Pluto.



35. What element is this?


35. What element is this?

1. Chlorine

2. Chromium

3. Calcium

4. Cobalt

The correct answer is cobalt. It was discovered in 1735 and its name comes from the German word "kobalt," which means "goblin."



36. What element is this?


36. What element is this?

1. Radium

2. Rhenium

3. Radon

4. Rhodium

The correct answer is rhodium. It has been used as a symbol of wealth and a medium for bestowing honors, such as a rhodium-plated medallion or badge.



37. What element is this?


37. What element is this?

1. Iridium

2. Iron

3. Iodine

4. Indium

The correct answer is iridium. It is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust. Iridium’s name comes from the Latin word "iris," meaning "rainbow."



38. What element is this?


38. What element is this?

1. Gadolinium

2. Germanium

3. Calcium

4. Gallium

The correct answer is gallium. It is named after the Latin word "Gallia," meaning "France," in honor of its discoverer's home country.



39. What element is this?


39. What element is this?

1. Einsteinium

2. Erbium

3. Rhenium

4. Europium

The correct answer is einsteinium. It is named after Albert Einstein. Einsteinium is harmful due to its radioactivity.



40. What element is this?


40. What element is this?

1. Barium

2. Germanium

3. Cerium

4. Gallium

The correct answer is germanium. It was first isolated by Clemens Winkler in 1886. The name comes from his country, Germany.




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