Week 1, The Cultural Influence of Chemistry: Periodic Tables

I remember using the periodic table in high school but I don’t remember how to use it or what exactly it is.

It was interesting to see how the different sites seem to highlight different information, like http://www.chemicalelements.com shows the element groups. 

Element Groups (Families)
Alkali Earth Alkaline Earth Transition Metals
Rare Earth Other Metals Metalloids
Non-Metals Halogens Noble Gases

I liked this site a lot because you can easily filter based on what you are interested in knowing.  I am amazed that it was created by an 8th grader for a science fair project!

This site seemed to provide the most context and overview for each element:  http://periodic.lanl.gov/default.htm 

I don’t get the circular representation of this periodic table.  What is the significance to the image/circular representation? http://www.geocities.com/gemowery/CircularPeriodicTableOfElementsIonic.html

I liked the FunBrain link game:
http://www.funbrain.com/periodic/index.html and found it useful to find a way into the Periodic table – it’s interactivity was nice, but I was hoping it would quiz on more than the element names.

I could tell that the “Rejected Elements” website (http://www.schneertz.com/elements.html) was a spoof, but I didn’t get it.

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