The Chemical Educator

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Mnemonics for the Entire Periodic Table

  • VASEK A. MEZLEmail author
In the Classroom


A mnemonic for the entire periodic table of the elements recalls the names and abbreviations of all the elements, their basic electron structures, and some properties. Elements are presented in chemically useful groupings with a method that allows one to position an element without recreating the entire table. With two additional lines one can derive all the major elements and the trace elements required by humans. Another verse identifies anomalies in orbital filling. The mnemonic and explanations can be fit on one double-sided page to provide a one-page reference.


Major Element Verse Entire Periodic Periodic Table Additional Line 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of OttawaOttawaCANADA

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