CHM 1020

Project #4 (Chapter 3) (The present, Past, and Future):

 Become an Element Expert (optional) 5 points

Part 1 (1 point):

We have 120 different elements known. Almost 90 are found in nature, the rest are manmade. In the study of Chapter 3, Section 3.2 “Elements are Made of Atoms”, I asked all to view the Tom Lehrer Element’s Song:
asked the question, Tom’s song only describes 102 elements. Why?

To become an element expert, you should be able to spell correctly the element and know it atomic Symbol for the most common (about 54) of the 120.

For 1 point of the 5 possible for this project you should complete the online element spelling test with 95% accuracy (may do as many times as you wish, highest score counting) (See Table 3.3 in the Chapter 3 Power Point) and access the required element list at:

Take the element quiz at (you may use this list to complete this exercise)
The quiz shows the symbol and a photo of the element, you write the name.

Copies of you quiz will be sent to you and your instructor via email upon submission.

Part 2 (2 points):

Next you will read or watch video about where did the atom come from? How old are the atoms in the water you drink? In Chapter 5 we will investigate nuclear fusion which explains how all the elements were formed from the hydrogen atom and how the hydrogen atom was made. Access for text and video Elements Origin Home Page:

Write a one page summary explaining the origin of the elements and include the reason why the atoms heavier than Iron are not as old as the first 26 elements on the periodic table, (2 points). Send this paper to the instructor via an email attachment. Please WORD or Word Perfect to write the paper, one page minimum double spaced, type no larger than 12 point.

Part 3 (1 point):

For one more point, research the future and write a minimum one page summary of the following items. Read about the known four unnamed atoms on the periodic chart 113, 115, 117, and 118.

113 Ununtrium 115 Ununpentium  117 Ununseptium  118 Ununoctium

I asked you the following Trivia Question:

Which letter of the ALPHABET does not appear

 in any name on the periodic table?

Access at least three articles on element #113 and explain why the only unused letter of the alphabet may become history when element 113 is officially named. (What is the current suggested name by the discoverer?).

Try to find out the proposed names if any for these four elements in your one page summary of the future,

In the last paragraph or two, research the “island of stability”. Propose an explanation why there may be elements heavier than lead found in nature on other planets in the universe.  Why is a shied made of the element lead (Pb) (Atomic # 82) the best element on earth used to protect us from radiation?




Part 4 (1 point):

OK, let’s have some fun! Go to the element game:  

The first 36 elements on the periodic chart are shown as a
tv-game show mystery (not in any order). On the discussion board of Blackboard, access the
Element Game Forum and you propose the solution to 4 of the 36 element chalkboards (list board # and your suggested solution along with the symbol). The first person gets to  post has her/his choice of any of the 36 element puzzells, but as more and more become identified, the game gets harder as each must try to identify the remaining elements. After 8, you need identify only 3, after 17 two, and after 27 have been identified only one completes your task.

Extra Credit (up to 2 bonus points):

For up to two bonus points you create a chalk board puzzle for the remaining elements of the 54 listed as the most common (18 elements) and one bonus point for any of the remaining 44 elements.

Time to dust off you crayons and show your art talent!