A picture of an IKEA table. Mainly comprised of 1 of the 118 elements in the periodic table, highlighting just how useless that list is.

The Periodic Table of Elements is a tabulated list of all known chemical materials constructed by chemists, purely to serve as the subject of challenges and competitions to see who has the best recall memory. This was in response to criticisms scientists received for not having a string of pointless data for bored nerds to spend their time studying, like the mathematicians did with pi.

The table currently stands at 118 entries, which seems a little bit weak in comparison to the infinite entries of pi. However since the elements are arranged in order of mass and jump all over the alphabet, it is not so straight forward. Many entries are also spelled similar to others, inducing much confusion. Many have been humiliated in memory recall challenges by confusing thulium and thallium.

Memorizing the periodic table Edit

Method 1 Edit

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Although this is an effective way of memorizing the periodic table, it is not recommended.

One method of memorizing the periodic table involves first taking all the elements' atomic symbols and arranging them in order based on atomic number. Next, simply create a mnemonic with each word containing an atomic symbol (For example, hydrogen's atomic symbol is H, so the first word in the mnemonic could be Harold). A classic example of this method containing all 118 elements is provided below:

Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Fluorine, Neon, Sodium (Na), Magnesium, Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Chlorine, Argon, Potassium (K), Calcium, Scandium, Titanium, Vanadium, Chromium, Manganese, Iron (Fe), Cobalt, Nickel, Copper (Cu), Zinc, Gallium, Germanium, Arsenic, Selenium, Bromine, Krypton, Rubidium, Strontium, Yttrium, Zirconium, Niobium, Molybdenum, Technetium, Ruthenium, Rhodium, Palladium, Silver (Ag), Cadmium, Indium, Tin (Sn), Antimony (Sb), Tellurium, Iodine, Xenon, Cesium, Barium, Lanthanum, Cerium, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Promethium, Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Holmium, Erbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Lutetium, Hafnium, Tantalum, Tungsten (W), Rhenium, Osmium, Iridium, Platinum, Gold (Au), Mercury (Hg), Thallium, Lead (Pb), Bismuth, Polonium, Astatine, Radon, Francium, Radium, Actinium, Thorium, Protactinium, Uranium, Neptunium, Plutonium, Americium, Curium, Berkelium, Californium, Einsteinium, Fermium, Mendelevium, Nobelium, Lawrencium, Rutherfordium, Dubnium, Seaborgium, Bohrium, Hassium, Meitnerium, Darmstadtium, Roentgenium, Copernicium, Ununtrium, Flerovium, Ununpentium, Livermorium, Ununseptium, and Ununoctium

Recite this phrase a few times, and you'll find yourself learning the periodic table in no time.

Method 2 Edit

Songs. They're how we learn our ABCs (the alphabet song), our Do, Re, Mi's (Do, a deer), and the various mechanical parts included in modern buses and the unique onomatopoeic sounds produced by them (The Wheels on the Bus). Thus, Tom Leher decided to create a song about the elements to help people remember the periodic table. Just click on the video below and start singing along. The song's slow pace and easy to remember lyrics will have you spitting out the elements in no time.

Periodic Table of Elements Song SPED UP!!!!!!

Periodic Table of Elements Song SPED UP!!!!!!

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Hydrogen | Helium | Lithium | Beryllium | Boron | Carbon | Nitrogen | Oxygen | Neon | Aluminum | Silicon | Chlorine | Iron | Nickel | Copper | Zinc | Gallium | Germanium | Arsenic | Bromine | Silver | Tin | Xenon | Platinum | Gold | Mercury | Lead | Polonium | Radon | Radium | Uranium | Plutonium | Unununium | Unobtanium