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Can You Name That Element?

westcoasttonyWestcoasttony on 09/25/2009

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CanYouNameThatElement Photo What's up with those chemical symbols? It’s pretty clear that O is the symbol for oxygen or H is the symbol for hydrogen, but many of the symbols don’t seem to make intuitive sense. That is generally because the symbols derive from a word in a language other than English, such as Latin or German. But don't lose hope. You can name that element!

You are invited to identify the elements (which all fall into the broader class of “metals”) associated with the following chemical symbols, based on the information I provide you. Don't worry: you might find this a lot easier-- and more fun-- than you think!

Much of the reference and inspiration for this quiz comes from Isaac Asimov’s essays-- especially “The Symbol-Minded Chemist”-- that taught me that science doesn’t have to be tedious by a long shot! Thanks for taking the quiz and I hope you find it fun and informative.
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Difficulty:  Very Easy
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Comments (19)
Pegrrt  (Level: 188.9)
Sat, 19th Apr '14 9:19 PM

lots of good information.....

Calamari  (Level: 12.4)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 6:16 PM

Excellent quiz and quite informative!

Granadamirko  (Level: 14.3)
Sun, 6th Dec '09 5:33 AM

very good...!

Siddhant  (Level: 4.1)
Sun, 15th Nov '09 8:12 AM

IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!

Varuna  (Level: 11.9)
Wed, 21st Oct '09 7:47 AM


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