PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS
Here are a collection of mnemonic sentences supplied by Neville Holmes (6/00) of Australia for the elements in the first four periods of the chemical Periodic Table.
Period 1-2 (Elements 1-10):
H He Li Be B C N O F Ne(hydrogen. helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorine, neon)
Period 2-3: (Elements 11-18):
Na Mg Al Si P S Cl A(sodium, magnesium, aluminium, silicon, phosphorus, sulphur, chlorine, argon)
K Ca Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co(potassium, calcium, scandium, titanium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt) (Elements 28-36): Nitwits Cuddling Zany Gabbling Geese Astride Several British Kangaroos
Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr(nickel, copper, zinc, gallium, germanium, arsenic, selenium, bromine, krypton)
All matter consists of atoms of one or another element such as hydrogen (H) or oxygen (O), often combined into compounds (as in H2O=water). The elements are set in a Periodic Table in the order of their atomic weights (starting with hydrogen, the lightest) following Mendeleev's Periodic Law, which states that "the properties of the elements are in periodic dependence upon their atomic weights" - in other words, elements either eight or ten places apart have many properties in common. See rare earths for the order of rare earth elements and rare gases for a mnemonic sentence governing the order of rare gases. For those completely unfamiliar with the Periodic Table itself, it is reproduced below in full.
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