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Revising Chemical Symbols

Chemical Symbols

It is very important to know the chemical symbols for common elements in the periodic table, so that you are able to write chemical equations and to recognise different compounds.

Optional Activity: Revising common chemical symbols

  • Write down the chemical symbols and names of all the elements that you know.

  • Compare your list with another learner and add any symbols and names that you don’t have.

  • Know the symbols for at least the first thirty six elements in the periodic table. You should also learn the symbols for other common elements that are not in the first thirty six.

  • Set a short test on naming elements and compounds for someone else in the class and then exchange tests with them so that you each have the chance to answer a test.

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