Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist, created the framework for the modern periodic table in 1869, leaving gaps for elements yet to be discovered. Today, we refer to this as “Mendeleev’s periodic table.” Many people regard the modern periodic table as something they must memorize as part of their chemistry class or when there’s a chemistry quiz, but the truth is that this small table is an indispensable guide for scientists all over the world.
There were several blank spaces in Mendeleev’s original periodic table when he assembled it with the known elements. Mendeleyev was able to correctly predict the discovery of the new elements by estimating their properties relative to other elements near the spaces on the table.
Periodic Table Trivia
How much do you know about the Periodic Table? Do you know the symbol of every element? How many interesting facts about the periodic elements do you know?
- The number of protons in an atom is called atomic number and isotopes have the same atomic number but differ in the number of neutrons.
- The total weight of an atom is called the atomic weight.
- Technetium is the very first man-made element, and it was synthesized in 1937. However, it is found naturally in very small amounts in tiny traces.
- Oxygen is the most abundant element in the world, making up around 46% of the total mass of the earth.
- Pure elements are those elements whose atoms all or nearly share the same atomic number or number of protons.
- Earlier chemical symbols come from classical Latin and Greek vocabulary. For some elements, this is because the material has been known since antiquity, whereas for the rest of the group, the name is a more modern invention.
- The first set of atomic symbols was devised by John Dalton.
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Periodic Trivia Questions and Answers
How many questions can you answer in our periodic elements quiz? Do you know more trivias about the periodic table? Try taking these trivia periodic table quiz questions to find out!
|Who is generally acknowledged as the “father” of the modern periodic table?||▶ Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev|
|What is the chemical symbol for table salt?||▶ NaCl|
|What do you call the law stating that elements with similar properties occur at regular intervals when listed in order of their atomic numbers?||▶ Periodic Law|
|What is the lightest element in the periodic table?||▶ Hydrogen|
|What is the atomic symbol of Lead?||▶ Pb|
|What is the lightest metallic element that floats in water?||▶ Lithium|
|Aside from Dmitri Mendeleev and John Dalton, who made a significant contribution to the organization of the Periodic Table?||▶ Lothar Meyer|
|How many alkali metals are there in the Periodic Table?||▶ Six|
|What are the lightest of the metallic elements in the Periodic Table?||▶ Magnesium|
|What is the heaviest element’s chemical symbol?||▶ Ur (Uranium)|
|Au is the symbol for for what chemical element?||▶ Gold|
|Fe is the chemical symbol for what element?||▶ Iron|
|What element is used in treating bipolar disorder?||▶ Lithium|
|What is the lightest element on the periodic table?||▶ Hydrogen|
|Who is credited with the creation of the first periodic table?||▶ Dmitri Mendeleev|
|What element is used in making superconductors?||▶ Niobium|
|What element is used to make the filament in x-ray tubes?||▶ Tungsten|
|What is the rarest naturally occurring element on Earth?||▶ Astatine|
|Which scientist is known for the discovery of 10 transuranium elements?||▶ Glenn Seaborg|
|What element has the symbol “Au”?||▶ Gold|
|What element has the symbol “Ir”?||▶ Iridium|
|What element has the symbol “Th”?||▶ Thorium|
|Who proposed the “octet rule”?||▶ Gilbert N. Lewis|
|What element is commonly used in making semiconductors?||▶ Silicon|
|Which element is used as a catalyst in the Haber-Bosch process?||▶ Iron|
|Which element is used in making artificial joints?||▶ Cobalt|
|Who discovered the electron and its importance in the atomic structure?||▶ J.J. Thomson|
|What element is used in making stainless steel?||▶ Chromium|
|What element is used to make black-and-white photographic prints?||▶ Selenium|
|What element is used to make the red pigment in road flares?||▶ Strontium|
|Who is credited with the discovery of the neutron?||▶ James Chadwick|
|Which element has the highest electrical conductivity?||▶ Silver|
|Which element is known as a “superacid” when combined with sulfuric acid?||▶ Fluorine|
|Which element is named after a planet?||▶ Neptunium|
|Who discovered the proton?||▶ Ernest Rutherford|
|In which year was the electron discovered?||▶ 1897|
|What element is commonly used in making light bulbs?||▶ Tungsten|
|What element is commonly used to harden steel?||▶ Vanadium|
|What element is commonly used to make electrical cables?||▶ Copper|
|What element is a key component in DNA and RNA?||▶ Phosphorus|
|What element is used to make radiation shielding?||▶ Lead|
|Which element is used to make green fireworks?||▶ Barium|
|Who developed the electron shell model of the atom?||▶ Niels Bohr|
|What element is used in making superconducting magnets?||▶ Niobium|
|What element is used in some dental fillings as an amalgam with silver?||▶ Tin|
|What is the most abundant element in the universe?||▶ Hydrogen|
|Which scientist developed the periodic law independently of Mendeleev?||▶ Julius Lothar Meyer|
|What element has the lowest boiling point?||▶ Helium|
|What element is used in making smoke detectors?||▶ Americium|
|What element is used to create a green color in fireworks?||▶ Barium|
|Who discovered the first synthetic element, technetium?||▶ Emilio Segrè & Carlo Perrier|
|What element is commonly used in making pencil leads?||▶ Graphite (Carbon)|
|What element is used as a getter in vacuum tubes?||▶ Barium|
|What element is used to make marbles and the highest quality optical lenses?||▶ Calcium fluoride (Calcium)|
|In what year was the first periodic table published?||▶ 1869|
|What element has the symbol “He”?||▶ Helium|
|What element has the symbol “Rn”?||▶ Radon|
|What is the only element named after a living person?||▶ Seaborgium|
|What element has the symbol “Rb”?||▶ Rubidium|
|What element is used in making photographic film?||▶ Silver|
|Which element is used to harden steel?||▶ Vanadium|
|What element has the symbol “K”?||▶ Potassium|
|What element has the symbol “Tc”?||▶ Technetium|
|Which element is used to make blue fireworks?||▶ Copper|
|What is the only metal that is not a solid at room temperature?||▶ Mercury|
|What element is used to make strong magnets?||▶ Neodymium|
|How many elements were in the original periodic table?||▶ 63|
|What element is used as a doping agent in semiconductors to make solar cells?||▶ Boron|
|What is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust?||▶ Oxygen|
|Which element has the most isotopes?||▶ Tin|
|What element is commonly used in making batteries?||▶ Lithium|
|What element is used to make high strength-to-weight ratio alloys?||▶ Beryllium|
|Which element is used to make bulletproof vests?||▶ Kevlar (Carbon)|
|Which scientist first arranged elements by atomic number?||▶ Henry Moseley|
|What element is used in making the filaments for vacuum tubes?||▶ Thorium|
|What was Mendeleev’s key insight in creating the periodic table?||▶ Periodic Law|
|Which element has the highest melting point?||▶ Tungsten|
|Which element has the lowest electronegativity?||▶ Francium|
|What is the most reactive metal in the periodic table?||▶ Francium|
|Which element is used in making the red color in fireworks?||▶ Strontium|
|Which element is used to make dental fillings?||▶ Amalgam (Mercury)|
|Who discovered the noble gases and added them to the periodic table?||▶ Sir William Ramsay|
|In which year was the noble gas helium first discovered?||▶ 1868|
|What element is known as the “King of Chemicals”?||▶ Sulfur|
|What element is used as a desiccant in the form of silica gel?||▶ Silicon|
|Which element has the longest half-life?||▶ Tellurium-128|
|What element is used to make thermometers that can measure very high temperatures?||▶ Tantalum|
|What is the heaviest naturally occurring element?||▶ Uranium|
|Which element has the highest thermal conductivity?||▶ Diamond (Carbon)|
|Who discovered the radioactive element polonium?||▶ Marie Curie|
|In what year was the last naturally occurring element discovered?||▶ 1945|
|What element is commonly used in the production of fertilizer?||▶ Nitrogen|
|What element is liquid at room temperature and has the symbol “Hg”?||▶ Mercury|
|Which element is known for its ability to absorb neutrons in nuclear reactors?||▶ Boron|
|What element is a key component in the Earth’s atmosphere and has the symbol “N”?||▶ Nitrogen|
|What element is commonly used to make aircraft materials due to its low density and high strength?||▶ Titanium|
|What element is the main component of natural gas?||▶ Methane (Carbon)|
|What element is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism?||▶ Iodine|
|What element is used to create a purple color in fireworks?||▶ Potassium|
|Which element has the lowest density?||▶ Hydrogen|
|Which element is commonly used in making fireworks to produce bright red colors?||▶ Strontium|
|Which element is used as a coolant in nuclear reactors?||▶ Helium|
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