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Element Name Origins


Element Name Origins

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The history of the discovery of each element and the origin of their names.
Material Type: Reference Material
Date Added to MERLOT: September 03, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 07, 2011
Send email to peter@vanderkrogt.net
Submitter: Monica Bravo
Keywords: history, element, elements, name


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    avg: 5 rating
  • User review 4.12 average rating
  • User Rating: 4.12 user rating
  • Discussion (9 Comments)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division
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Language: English
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Avatar for Paul Kirkpatrick
6 years ago

Paul Kirkpatrick (Student)

This is a great web site and I plan to use it with my class.

Avatar for Sean Marzolf
6 years ago

Sean Marzolf (Faculty)

Wow, how cool the history of the periodic table. My students are always asking where these crazy names are coming from. I will definitely use this in our chemistry unit.

Avatar for Martha Rodriguez
6 years ago

Martha Rodriguez (Student)

I think some students would really appreciate knowing the history of the naming of elements. It might be easier for them to memorize some of the names if they know the names weren't chosen randomly.

Avatar for stephen fedele
6 years ago

stephen fedele (Staff)

This site was ok. I looked arounf for a little bit going through things.

Avatar for Brandi Miller
6 years ago

Brandi Miller (Student)

This is great, very user friendly and gives detailed account of the elements history.

Avatar for Donna Marzullo-Parkansky
6 years ago

Donna Marzullo-Parkansky (Student)

This is an excellant source for students to not only learn about each of the elements, but also to learn their history.

Avatar for Danny Tovar
6 years ago

Danny Tovar (Student)

I think that this is a really good website that would allow a student to integrate history and science. It is definitely a good source for middle/high school students doing a write up on a person/element in science! Thanks.

Avatar for Amanda Manuszak
6 years ago

Amanda Manuszak (Student)

This looks like a really good reference material for students.

Avatar for Stefanie Chow Vertrees
6 years ago

Stefanie Chow Vertrees (Staff)

This would be a great reference site for an "Adopt-an-Element" project.