Monday, March 14, 2016

Mnemonics for the Periodic Table Of Elements

Periodically I try to remember the Periodic Table Of Elements. Here are some mnemonic devices to aid in remembering the names of the chemical elements and their positions on the table.

Some of these I found and some I made up.

Since I first posted this, four new names have been added for ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium, and ununoctium. They are Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine, and Oganesson.

I haven't managed to fill in the whole quiz at either Sporcle or JetPunk since the four new names were added.

Group 1
Hateful Little Nasty Kids Rub Cat's Fur
helium lithium Na-sodium K-potassium rubidium cesium francium

Group 2
Beer Mugs Can Serve Bar Rats
beryllium magnesium calcium strontium barium radium

Group 3
Says You
scandium yttrium

Group 4
The Zebra Hates Rats
titanium zirconium hafnium rutherfordium

Group 5
Vince Never Talks Dumb
vanadium niobium tantalum dubnium

Group 6
Crows Make Weird Sounds
chromium molybdenum W-tungsten seaborgium

Group 7
Men Talk Real Bad
manganese technetium rhenium bohrium

Group 8
Fire Ruined Our House
Fe-iron ruthenium osmium hassium

Group 9
Cows Really Irritate Me
cobalt rhodium iridium meitnerium

Group 10
Never Poke Poodle Dogs
nickel palladium platinum darmstadtium

Group 11
Cows Are Awful Rulers
copper Ag-silver Au-gold roentgenium

Group 12
Zoos Can Hold Cats
zinc cadmium Hg-mercury copernicium

Group 13 - Boron Group
Big Al Gave In Tiny Numbers
boron aluminum gallium indium thallium nihonium

Group 14 - Carbon Group
Can Silly Germans Snatch Lead Flakes
carbon silicon germanium Sn-tin lead flerovium

Group 15 - Nitrogen Family - Pnictogens
New Popes Assign Subordinate Bishops Monthly
nitrogen phosphorus arsenic Sb-antimony bismuth moscovium

Group 16 - Oxygen Family - Chalcogens
Open Source Software Terrifies People Lately
oxygen sulfur selenium tellurium polonium livermorium

Group 17 - Halogens
Five Cows Barging In At Tom
fluorine chlorine bromine iodine astatine tennessine

Group 18 - Noble Gases
He Needs A Keen Xerox Repairman Only
helium neon argon krypton xenon radon oganesson

Period 4 Transition Metals
Sam Tried Very Cold Money, Felt Cold Near Cold Zone
scandium titanium vanadium chromium manganese Fe-iron cobalt nickel copper zinc

Period 5 Transition Metals
Your Zebra Needs More Time Reading. Reading Pleases Striped Creatures
yttrium zirconium niobium molybdenum technetium ruthenium rhodium palladium silver cadmium

Period 6 Transition Metals
He Takes Women Running Out In Parks And Hopes
hafnium tantalum W-tungsten rhenium osmium iridium platinum Au-gold Hg-Mercury

Period 7 Transition Metals
Rabid Dogs Sure Bark Hatefully. Most Dogs Remain Calm.
rutherfordium dubnium seaborgium bohrium hassium meitnerium darmstadtium roentgenium copernicium

Lately College Parties Never Produce Sexy European Girls That Drink Heavily Even Though You Look
lanthanum cerium praseodymium neodymium promethium samarium europium gadolinium terbium dysprosium holmium erbium thulium ytterbium lutetium

At Three Planets, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Amy Cured Berkeley California. Einstein Failed Making Nobel Laws
actinium thorium protactinium uranium neptunium plutonium americium curium berkelium californium einsteinium fermium mendelevium nobelium lawrencium

The chart above is from Wikipedia,

Periodic Table Mnemonics - Mnemonics For The Periodic Table Of Elements - Elements Mnemonics - Memorize the Periodic Table - Memorize the Elements