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Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element #Science #Chemistry

Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element

Via mentalfloss.com Michele Debczak – Many people these days can name (or sing) the elements in the periodic table, but do they know what the elements are used for in our daily lives?

This graphic presents the information found in a traditional periodic table with pictographs and labels indicating where you might encounter each element in your life.

“The Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures and Words” was created by Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen. He frames the design as a tool for teaching students in elementary through high school, but it can also be used by adults looking to polish their rusty knowledge from chemistry class. The uses of some elements are widely known: Sodium, for instance, is paired with a picture of a salt shaker, while neon is illustrated with an illuminated advertising sign. Others, though, aren’t so obvious: Did you know that strontium is used in fireworks, or that boron can be found in sports equipment? What about scandium in bicycles, or tantalum in cell phones? There’s a helpful illustration accompanying each element found in nature.

Section of a periodic table of elements with pictures.

Section of a periodic table of elements with pictures.

Enevoldsen’s table can also be used to study other facts, like each element’s atomic number and material state (solid, liquid, or gas). The educational resource is available as a set of printable flashcards and as a full-sized poster. See this site for more.

Images courtesy of Keith Enevoldsen // CC BY-SA 4.0


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