The periodic table is a systematic arrangement of the known chemical elements in order of atomic number. The elements are arranged in groups on the basis of similarity in chemical and physical properties.

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Are the elements lanthanum and actinium considered to be in the d block or the f block of the periodic table?

Many periodic tables place lanthanum and actinium in the f-block of elements, for example, this periodic table from Los Alamos National Laboratory. However, this table from the Royal Society of ...
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Why are there peaks in electronegativities in d-block elements?

Looking at the Pauling electronegativities in the Periodic Table (below, from ChemWiki): Asides from the overall trend of increasing electronegativity across and up the Periodic Table (towards ...
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Periodic table groups - which grouping is “right”? [closed]

In searching online, I've noticed there are a lot of different ways to group the elements of the periodic table. Take mercury in the two tables linked below, for example: ...
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Is there an abundance threshold of a 'synthetic' element for it to be considered natural?

I always (possible naively) thought that elements are either natural or synthetic, either one or the other. But, according to the Wikipedia page about Synthetic Elements, it states that: All ...
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Is there a function to approximate atomic mass from the atomic number?

The product of $2Z$ generally approximates the value of $m_\mathrm{a}$ of atoms that comprise relatively few protons. Whereas, the product of $2.5Z$ generally approximates the value of $m_\mathrm{a}$ ...
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How come uranium's relative atomic mass is 238.03 when it only contains isotopes with a mass number of 238 or less?

I have always been led to understand that the mass of an element on the periodic table is the weighted average atomic mass over all naturally occurring isotopes. This seems to make sense with all the ...
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Why isn't helium always He 1s?

Part 1: According to what I've learned so far, helium is in the first row of the periodic table, so its $n$ should always equal $1$. However, a question in my text asks about helium 2s. What is helium ...
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What do the numerals on the top right corner of the cells in the periodic table represent?

On the table published here (link) each cell has one to five numerals arranged vertically in its top right corner. The sum of those numbers is always the relative atomic mass of the element. I suspect ...
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Reading number of outer shell electrons and other properties from periodic table?

How can one read from the periodic table the number of outer shell electrons that an atom has, to predict how these atoms will make bonds with other atoms? For example to see that hydrogen ($\ce{H}$) ...
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What number should go underneath this fictitious element on the periodic table? [closed]

A new element (Wickium) was discovered on Mars. The isotopes of Wickium are Wickium-199, Wickium-200, and Wickium 201. The percent abundance of Wickium's isotopes are as follows: $$\ce{^199Wi} = ...
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Organisation in Periodic table [duplicate]

Why do we find big spaces in the periods of the Periodic Table between $\ce{H}$ and $\ce{He}$, $\ce{Be}$ and $\ce{B}$, and $\ce{Mg}$ and $\ce{Al}$? What is the logic of such organization of the ...
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How to find density of element metals

I was wondering, how do I determine what metal (element) has the highest density by using the periodic table? Is it possible?
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What exactly is Indium's ability to stabilize non-ferrous metals?

I was reading the History section about Indium on Wikipedia when I came across the following sentence: In 1924, indium was found to have a valued ability to stabilize non-ferrous metals, which ...
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Name for carbon and boron groups?

So group 17, 16, and 15, are called the halogens, chalcogens, and pnictogens respectively. Is there a name for the groups 14 and 13? (I really don't know if this is on topic here if it isn't tell me ...
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Why does the second electron affinity has an opposite sign of the first one?

Most of the first electron affinities are positive, therefore the second ones are negative, and vice versa. but why? SPECIALLY WHEN THE FIRST ELECTRON AFFINITY IS NEGATIVE .. WHY THE SECOND ONE IS ...
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How adding one more electron increases the ionization energy?

elements of group 6A, compared to 5A, requires less ionization energy due to the paired electrons of 6A but a question arises... why group 7A,compared to group 6A, requires more ionization energy in ...
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degeneracy and Mendeleev table [closed]

A very basic question. When we construct Mendeleev table we can think of adding one electron at a time, filling one by one the electronic states, that are numbered by well known quantum numbers (using ...
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Why does the electron affinity increase in the 15th group

Why does the electron affinity increase by going down through the 15th group?
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Trying to figure out what these elements have in common [closed]

I have an old periodic table and I marked five metals from groups 1A and 2A with dots to indicate something about them. Only all this time later I can't figure out what exactly it was. I've been ...
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Why does the “gap” between atomic radii get smaller down the periodic table?

The question asks: why is the difference in atomic radii between $\ce{K}$ and $\ce{Na}$ larger than the difference in atomic radii between $\ce{Cs}$ and $\ce{Rb}$? I do have some kind of notion that ...
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Determine which is more electronegative based on ionization energy

One of the questions I got wrong in my assignment is this one: X, Y and Z are three unknown elements whose first 5 ionization energies are given above. The question is which of the 3 is the most ...
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Reaction between elements in a periodic table [closed]

Can we know the reaction between any two elements in the periodic table? If yes then can we know the reaction between any three or more elements in the periodic table?
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Why does potassium form peroxides but sodium does not?

As we go down the periodic table, Group 1 alkali metals hold their single outer valence electron more loosely, and so reactivity increases. Below potassium (Na, Li), we can store the metal in oil with ...
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Memorizing the periodic table

Several people have said that the key to understanding chemistry is through memorizing the periodic table. I want to ask if there is a simple technique to learn it, or if I just have to remember ...
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Periodic table for printing

I there a Good Version of a printable Periodic table Which is minimalistic and gives necessary information only such as - At. Number Element Name At. weight Shell configuration color coding of ...
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Actinides and Lanthanides group

I would like to ask which group do actinide and lanthanide belong? I had a question in my assingment that which group has most number of elements? if they belong to 3rd group then the 3rd group should ...
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A question about transition metal ions [closed]

Can a transition metal ion with a charge of 2+ form without valence shell s and p electrons?
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Why are d-orbitals required/used for hypervalent molecules (where the central atom has expanded its octet) [duplicate]

Period 2 elements like carbon, oxygen and nitrogen cannot expand their octet because they cannot make use of d orbitals in that energy level (they don't exist). However, period 3 elements like sulfur ...
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How does absence of nd orbital in Oxygen affect its valency?

The original question was 'Oxygen exhibits Oxidation state -2 to +2 but other elements of grp 16 exhibit only +2,+4,+6. Explain Why'. In the solution given i can't understand meaning of this line 'It ...
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Why do screening effect decreases due to d-orbital?

I am currently learning about p-block elements. In that in 13th group from Boron to Aluminium atomic radii increases. From Aluminium to Gallium atomic radii decreases. From Gallium to Indium atomic ...
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Why do heavier elements have smaller specific heat values.

In the periodic table the trend is that as the mass of each element increase's the specific heat tends to go down. This seems to be counter-intuitive because if I am not mistaken as mass increase's ...
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What is the usage of orbitals more complex than f orbitals?

Every high school learner, in each corner of the world, faces the lesson History of Atom during his courses, just as I did. We learned about s,p,d and f orbitals, though there were no signs of ...
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Why is gold unreactive when only one electron in outer shell?

I've been trying to answer my (high school) daughter's questions about the periodic table, and the reactivity series, but we keep hitting gaps in my knowledge. So I showed that the noble gases have a ...
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Periodic trends: why is effect of protons greater than electrons?

Why is it that adding protons has a greater effect than electron-electron repulsion on periodic trends like atomic radius and ionization energy (assuming # of shells constant)? It seems that if ...
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Why is Osmium the densest known element

Why is Osmium so dense, Even if we have more heavy elements post to it.
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Show which group the element with Z=31 belongs

and I understand it belongs to the 13 th group, but my teacher wants to express it as IIIA, so how should I convert it in my mind?
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How can we confirm the number of protons in an atom?

The periodic table tells us that there are 6 protons in a carbon atom. Is there a way to verify this first-hand? Or are we just expected to believe it unquestioned?
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Electronegativity in Krypton and Xenon?

Why do Krypton and Xenon have high electronegativity? Noble gases are supposed to be "happy" with the amount of electrons they have, because they have 8 valence electrons (thus, most noble gases have ...
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Outermost electronic configuration of f block elements

I have a doubt regarding the general outermost electronic configuration of f block elements. Why is it $(n-2)f^{1-14}(n-1)d^{0-1}ns^2$. The only exception i thought to this formula was thorium ...
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According to what criteria was the periodic table of elements ordered?

I was wondering why the elements in the periodic table were disposed the way they are. I understand, of course, that they are put in increasing atomic number fashion, but I'd like to know more about ...
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How was Mendeleev able to develop his table?

I asked my general chem instructor this and he didn't know: Mendeleev was able to group elements and discovered a bunch of them and put them in the correct order in the mid-1800s. What equipment did ...
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Biological Consequences of Asteroid Mining—Death by Isotope?

It's been documented that NASA hope to capture an asteroid in 2025, and have subsequent aims to mine that asteroid. If if this is successful, we would expect other asteroids to be mined in the future. ...
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Does there exist any relation between metallic property and oxidation potential?

I was having a revision on periodic table I was thinking about different properties I could connect most of I could not connect metallic property and oxidation potential .
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Arrange B , Be , Li in order of increasing IE2

IE2 = Second ionization energy the correct arrange of them is like this : Be < B < Li ... But why? Li will have the greatest IE2 because that will involve removing a core electron but what I ...
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Atomic radii of Sc,Ti and Fe,Co

The atomic radii of Sc is 162pm , Ti is 147pm , Fe is 126pm and that of Co is 125pm. Electronic configuration of Fe is (Ar)3d6 4s2 and that of Co is (Ar) 3d7 4s2. Difference of Z between them is 1 ...
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Block on the Periodic Table?

What are the blocks of the periodic table? What is the purpose of naming the elements per block group? What do they signify?
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Do isotones share any similarities?

A trivial research in atoms and their basic theories led me to this term: "isotones" Nuclides sharing the same number of neutrons but different atomic numbers. A simple request or shall I say, quest: ...
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Why lanthanides and actinides are shown separate from standard Periodic Table layout?

In the standard Periodic Table layout , all the elements upto 56 are in order i.e are in the same layout table. However, lanthanides and actinides are always shown separately from the layout like in ...
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Classifying atoms as metals or nonmetals based on the periodic table [closed]

The electron configuration of the outer shell of four atoms are: $X: 3s^23p^3, Y: 6s^26p^3, Z: 3s^23p^4 T: 6s^26p^4$. I don't know if these atoms are metal or nonmetal. Please classify the four ...
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lanthanide contraction

"The Lanthanide Contraction refers to the fact that the 5s and 5p orbitals penetrate the 4f sub-shell so the 4f orbital is not shielded from the increasing nuclear change." First, 5s and 5p are ...