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The Genius of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table
Image: TED-Ed/Lou Serico

The Genius of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table

You see it every day on the wall of your science class. Now find out why the periodic table is a work of genius.

(And no, the answer has nothing to do with the fact that the table is a list of the elements, or that it groups elements with similar properties together.)

TED-Ed/Lou Serico
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Here's a fun way to learn all the elements. Satirist and songwriter Tom Lehrer created this gem in 1955, which is put to a "vaguely recognizable tune." Get the lyrics here... More...

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The Periodic Table of Videos

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This might look like yet another drawing of the table. But click on any element, and you'll see a video about it: full of fun facts and important information. More...

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The Phosphorus Paradox

The Phosphorus Paradox

You could call it a Goldilocks element — too little phosphorus undermines the food security of nations, too much creates significant water-quality problems. Take a closer look. More...

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The Periodic Table

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Why do the elements sit where they do in the periodic table? The answer lies in the structure of their atoms, which Mendeleev knew very little about when he invented the table in 1869. More...

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Writing Ionic Formulas: Introduction

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With the help of the periodic table of the elements, you can write out the formula for any ionic compound. More...

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