Interactive Periodic Table Goes Deeper Than Just Naming Elements; It Provides Their Uses


A lot of us know the different elements in the periodic table. We can name a few off the top of our heads but do we know their uses?

Fortunately, designer Keith Enevoldsen was able to create an interactive periodic table that gives an example of how each element can be used, Science Alert reported. It does not include the heavy elements that are not found in nature.

It has examples from common elements like Hydrogen. Special gases like Neon, Argon, Krypton and Xenon are used for different types of lights.

According to Discover Magazine, Enevoldsen has created a more relevant way of studying chemistry. This can help students know more about rare elements such as how Cerium is used in lighter flints, Americium is used in smoke detectors and Europium is found in color televisions.

Protactinium and Berkelium have no current uses. Man-made elements such as Einsteinium have no uses as of the moment as well.

It was previously reported that the four newest elements confirmed back in January have been officially named. The official chemistry body approved the proposed names on Nov. 30.

Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have been named Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts) and Oganesson (Og), respectively. The elements were discovered and confirmed over the past decade.

Nihonium is based on "Nihon," a Japanese word for Japan. Moscovium, on the other hand, is named in honor of Russia's capital, Moscow.

Tennessine is named as tribute to the state of Tennessee. The publication noted that the state is known for pioneering research in chemistry. It is also the second U.S. state to be honored on the periodic table.

Oganesson is a tribute to 83-year-old Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian. This is only the second time that a new element was named after a living scientist.

"Keeping with tradition, the newly discovered elements have been named after a place or geographical region, or a scientist," the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced. "The ending of the names also reflects and maintains historical and chemical consistency: '-ium' for elements 113 and 115 and as for all new elements of groups 1 to 16, '-ine' for element 117 and belonging to group 17 and '-on' for element 118 element belonging to group 18."

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