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Chem 109 Supplemental Study Modules

The Elements of Chemistry 109

(The ordering here is that of level of difficulty in memorization.)

Symbol is the first letter of the name:

H     hydrogen     B     boron      C     carbon       N     nitrogen
O     oxygen       F     fluorine   P     phosphorus   S     sulfur
V     vanadium     I     iodine     U     uranium


Symbol is the first two letters of the name:

He    helium      Li    lithium     Be    beryllium     Ne    neon
Al    aluminum    Si    silicon     Ar    argon		 Fr    francium 
Ca    calcium     Sc    scandium    Ti    titanium      Co    cobalt
Ni    nickel      Ga    gallium     Ge    germanium     Se    selenium
Br    bromine     Kr    krypton     Mo    molybdenum    In    indium
Xe    xenon       Ba    barium      La    lanthanum     Bi    bismuth
Po    polonium    Ra    radium      Ru    ruthenium     Rh    rhodium 
Ac    actinium   


Symbol is one letter of nonobvious origin:

K     potassium    W     tungsten


Symbol is two letters but not from the start:

Mg   magnesium    Cl    chlorine	Cr   chromium    Mn   manganese          
Cu   copper 	   Zn   zinc        As   arsenic     Rb   rubidium         
Zr   zirconium    Nb   niobium     Tc   technetium  Pd   palladium   
Sr   strontium	   Cd   cadmium     Cs   cesium      Pt   platinum     
At   astatine	   Rn   radon       Pu   plutonium


Symbol is two letters of Latin name:

Na    sodium      Fe    iron       Ag    silver       Sn    tin
Au    gold        Hg    mercury    Pb    lead




 

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