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  1. #1 Sentences that help one remember the periodic elements 
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    I got 1-20 downpat.

    Harry he likes beer bottled cold not overly frofy. (H,He, Li, Be, B, C,N, O, F)

    Nelly nanny might although silly person she climbs around kinky caves. (Ne, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, Ar, K, Ca)

    I got the above from a youtube video and it is helping me. Trouble is I can not find any other sentences for 21-30 and so on. I tried doing my own but it just turns out lame and confusing.

    Do any of you know any sentences that will help me?

    Thanks again and I am linking this forum.

    Elias Alexander
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    the periodic table is not a piece of information generally meant to be memorized.

    a more sound approach to using the table is to understand its organization. rather than recalling the order of the elements based on number of protons using memorization you should identify which groups the elements you are concerned with are in. that tells you their chemical properties as apposed to the number of protons, which you rarely need to know.

    physics: accurate, objective, boring
    chemistry: accurate if physics is accurate, slightly subjective, you can blow stuff up
    biology: accurate if chemistry is accurate, somewhat subjective, fascinating
    religion: accurate if people are always right, highly subjective, bewildering
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    Elias, I can tell you that I worked in the chemistry field for many years and I never found it necessary to memorize the periodic table. Of course, I did learn it over time just by constantly referring to it. But there was no deliberate memorization and it should not be necessary.

    If you are a newcomer to the wonderful world of chemistry, I can tell you that your success in this subject will depend strictly on attitude. You must maintain a lively interest in the field, a keen sense of curiosity. Nothing must seem difficult or daunting. (That's really true.) Just look upon each new learned fact as a wonderful discovery that opens a door to more such pleasures.

    If you truly have this attitude you will surely succeed, big-time. If you don't have it, find a way to generate it.

    Let us know your progress. Keep up those questions.
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