To begin our elements project we were given the task of organising and structuring raw text correlating to the periodic table into a spreadsheet to seek a collective relationship with one another. Kyle also included three articles where we can begin our research and dismantle what the raw text means.
The raw text:
H Hydrogen 1 Diatomic Nonmetal 1 s 1.008 1766 He Helium 2 Noble Gas 18 s 4.002602 1868 Li Lithium 3 Alkali Metal 1 s 6.94 1817 B Boron 5 Metalloid 13 p 10.81 1808 O Oxygen 8 Diatomic Nonmetal 16 p 15.999 1772 Al Aluminium 13 Post-Transition Metal 13 p 26.9815385 1787 Sc Scandium 21 Transition Metal 3 d 44.955908 1871 Se Selenium 34 Polyatomic Nonmetal 16 p 78.971 1817 Cs Caesium 55 Alkali Metal 1 s 132.905452 1860 Ac Actinium 89 Actinide N/A f 227 1902
To begin my process, I began to look at the articles provided by Kyle as my memory of the periodic table besides the elements themselves are questionable. I quickly learned what each figure/text meant and soon enough everything became much clearer.
I then decided to use Hydrogen as a starting guide to fully understand what is being communicated.
Symbol – H / Elemental Name – Hydrogen / Atomic Number – Z / Category – Diatomic Nonmetal / Electron configuration – 1s / Atomic Mass – 1.008 / Date of Discovery – 1766
I then decided to arrange them more appropriately in a word document.
H Hydrogen 1 Diatomic Nonmetal 1 s 1.008 1766
He Helium 2 Noble Gas 18 s 4.002602 1868
Li Lithium 3 Alkali Metal 1 s 6.94 1817
B Boron 5 Metalloid 13 p 10.81 1808
O Oxygen 8 Diatomic Nonmetal 16 p 15.999 1772
Al Aluminium 13 Post-Transition Metal 13 p 26.9815385 1787
Sc Scandium 21 Transition Metal 3 d 44.955908 1871
Se Selenium 34 Polyatomic Nonmetal 16 p 78.971 1817
Cs Caesium 55 Alkali Metal 1 s 132.905452 1860
Ac Actinium 89 Actinide N/A f 227 1902
Symbol – An abbreviation used in chemistry for chemical elements. They usually consist of one or two letters from the start of the element’s name.
Elemental Name – This is the name given to each element. Although, before a name is approved an element may be referred to by its atomic number.
Atomic Number – This is the number of protons that reside in the nucleus of an atom.
Category – This is based on the group’s “genetic” makeup of atoms and how they react in theory.
Electron configuration – This consists of the arrangement of electrons in energy levels around an atomic nucleus; Essentially, an electronic structure.
Atomic Mass – The weight of an atom. Approximately equivalent to the number of protons and neutrons in the atom which gives it its mass number.
Discovery Date – The year when a certain element had been discovered.
Once I had the refreshed knowledge and now a complete understanding of the raw text, I decided to put them in excel and structure them accordingly in relation to a specific group.
Sorting Elements by Name (ABC)
Sorting Elements by Atomic Number
Sorting Elements by Electron Configuration
Sorting Elements by Date of Discovery
What have I learned?
After this false scare of a task, I felt this was somewhat enjoyable in terms of learning about the contextual knowledge side. Although this task is considered boring compared to other tasks I felt like it was crucial refreshment on the periodic table, the background information should be known before starting my elemental projects. Additionally from learning the foundation of the periodic elements, this task has allowed me to sort and structure information in more fathomable ways and create a relationship between a collective group of information/data. This can be useful for deciding what relative information I should include in my project e.g. Do 8-10-year-olds need to know about the electron configuration? Also, what compounds can be used when talking about a specific group for a certain project. Ultimately, this task has been greatly beneficial for beginning this project.