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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Remembering the Periodic Table

Inspired by Mr. Happy's post about the wooden periodic table table, I've remembered that when I was revising my A level Chemistry I learned some mnemonics that my mum had invented when she was at school. She knew her stuff (having the distinction of turning down a place at Oxford to read Chemistry, in favour of Maths at Cambridge) - a pretty intimidating standard to live up to, I can tell you - which is probably why I've never forgotten them.

They cover the first two periods of the table (after Hydrogen), and go like this:

Here (He) helium
lies (Li) lithium
Betty (Be) beryllium
Boron, (B) boron
cooking (C) carbon
nuts (N) nitrogen
on (O) oxygen
Friday. (F) flourine

Near (Ne) neon
naval (Na) sodium
magazines, (Mg) magnesium
all (Al) aluminium
sailors (Si) silicon
put (P) phosphorus
smoke (S) sulphur
clear. (Cl) chlorine

Any suggestions for the remaining periods?

posted by Plig | 13:57 |

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