Periodic Table of the Elements for Parents: It’s Easy!
As younger and younger students are coming in contact with the Periodic Table of the Elements, we are frequently asked to explain what this important science resource is and what information it contains so that a “typical parent” can understand. Not a problem. Just relax, we’ll take you through it in a short blog post.
In 1869 a Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev, produced a simple grouping of known elements (atoms). Other chemists had attempted to organize the elements by their similarities, but Mendeleev grouped them to reflect the periodic changes in their properties. Mendeleev’s table, which became the popular among scientists, was later named the Periodic Table of the Elements to reflect its organizing principle.
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