What is that symbol


What is that symbol?

Well, it is that time of the semester when you get to start memorizing the symbols and the names of the elements. Get ready, here we go:

H hydrogen (exists in nature as H



He helium

Li lithium

Be beryllium



N boron carbon nitrogen (exists in nature as N



O oxygen (exists in nature as O



F fluorine ( you’ll FLunk if you write Fl. And it is fluorine, not flourine. We’re not baking cookies.)

(exists in nature as F



Ne neon

Na sodium

Mg magnesium

Al aluminum

Si silicon

P phosphorus (P is for phosphorus, not potassium)

S sulfur (S is for sulfur, not sodium)

Cl chlorine (make sure you can recognize Cl as chlorine. Students will often confuse chlorine and call it carbon iodine. Cl is NOT carbon iodine) (exists in nature as Cl



Ar argon

K potassium

Ca calcium

Zn zinc

Pb lead

Fe iron

Cu copper

Au gold

Ag silver

Mn manganese

Ni nickel

Co cobalt

Br bromine (exists in nature as Br



I iodine (exists in nature as I



Fr francium

Hg mercury

Rn radon

Ra radium

Sn tin

Study hint: make flash cards. Put the symbol on one side of the card and the word on the other side of the card. Use sheets of paper if index cards are not available. You will be responsible for knowing these names and symbols on all tests. You might receive another list later, but for now this will do.