IXD 301 – Organising Raw Data

Prologue

With the porfolio website out of the way it was time to start a new project, what Kyle had in store for us was to create an app based on the elements of the periodic table. So to start off our elements project, Kyle tasked us to organize raw text from the periodic table into a way that was easy to understand. The reasoning was because the apps we would be making would need to be easy to understand.

Below is the raw text given to us by Kyle.

 

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

 

As you can see it looks like a muddle of words and numbers, not really easy to understand or make sense of. Our task was we had to take this and arrange it into a manner which made it understandable. Luckily with some research it was fairly enough to get into an understandable format.

Elements Categorised

I categorised the elements by atomic number, ascending order from 1 to 89. This was the easiest way to put them into order, it also meant that the the raw text became very easy to read. This was all done in Excel, which made this task extremely easy and quick to do. I thought this task was pretty insightful into how we can arrange raw data and put it into a readable form, it was a great warm up to the project we had ahead of us.

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