The Periodic Table: Mapping the Elements

The Periodic Table: Mapping the Elements

by Sharon Katz Cooper, Hossain, Katz Cooper
     
 

From gold to oxygen, elements are found throughout the universe. In an effort to understand the relationship between the elements, Dimitri Mendeleev plotted the elements according to each of their atomic weights. He discovered there were groups of elements that had similar properties. Analyzing the layout, he was able to correctly predict elements that had not yet… See more details below

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From gold to oxygen, elements are found throughout the universe. In an effort to understand the relationship between the elements, Dimitri Mendeleev plotted the elements according to each of their atomic weights. He discovered there were groups of elements that had similar properties. Analyzing the layout, he was able to correctly predict elements that had not yet been discovered. His creation—known as the periodic table—has been instrumental to advancements in the field of chemistry.

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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
While most students have seen the periodic table of the elements hanging in their science classrooms, few have considered the work involved to create such an organizational tool. The periodic table is an incredibly simple chart that makes chemistry much easier to understand, yet it did not exist until the nineteenth century. The ancient Greeks were among the first people to contemplate the existence of elements: substances that cannot be broken down any further. It was not until the 1600s with the study of gasses that the concept of elements advanced significantly. Once Dimitri Mendeleev published the first version of the periodic table in 1869, the study of chemistry was forever changed. Mendeleev organized the existing elements and even predicted other elements that would be discovered later, such as scandium and germanium. The elements consist of three major categories: metals, nonmetals, and noble gasses. Cooper explains these categories and the subcategories of these elements, as well as describing how elements combine to form other substances. An excellent resource for any science class, this book is from the "Exploring Science" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756519612
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Nature Basics Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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