Can You Name the Chemical Element From a Clue?

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About This Quiz

We all had to memorize the periodic table of elements in high school. But, depending on when you were in high school, there may have been far fewer elements on the table. Do you think you know the table of elements well enough to identify each of them from a simple clue? Take this quiz to find out.

Were you such a nerd in school that you actually remember the periodic table of elements? And were you so good at memorizing them that you actually remember the symbols and numbers for each one? Or are you a rocket scientist or chemist who knows all this stuff like the back of your hand? If so, then this is the quiz for you. Of the 118 elements currently listed on the periodic table, we're going to give you a simple clue for 35 of them. If you're as smart as you think you are, you'll  be able to name each one, but we'll bet that you can't do it. Why? Because only a true genius would be able identify all of them from just a clue. Are you up to the challenge?

Let's get started to find out if you're as smart as you think you are.

Which element is the lightest?

Hydrogen is the lightest element. The symbol for hydrogen is H.

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Which element is named for the Greek word for sun?

Helium is named for the Greek word for sun, Helios. He is the symbol for helium.

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What radioactive element is used to treat cancer?

Radium is used to treat cancer. The symbol for radium is Ra.

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Antacids often contain what element?

Antacids often contain magnesium. The symbol for magnesium is Mg.

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Which element is essential for life as we know it on earth?

Carbon is essential for life as we know it on earth. The symbol for carbon is C.

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Which element is most abundant element in the Earth’s atmosphere?

Nitrogen is the most abundant element in the Earth's atmosphere. The symbol for nitrogen is N.

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What is the most abundant element on Earth?

Oxygen is the most abundant element on Earth. The symbol for oxygen is O.

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What element is used to help prevent tooth decay?

Compounds of fluorine are used to help prevent tooth decay. The symbol for fluorine is F.

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Eat a banana if you are deficient in what element?

Eat a banana if you are deficient in potassium. The symbol for potassium is K.

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What element is used in photography?

Bromine is used in photography. The symbol for bromine is Br.

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What salt additive helps prevent goiter?

Iodine is added to salt to help prevent goiter. The symbol for iodine is I.

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What metal is used to make pans, plumbing and wiring?

Copper is used to make pans, plumbing and wiring. The symbol for copper is Cu.

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Bar lights get their glow from what element?

Neon is the element that gives bar lights their glow. The symbol for neon is Ne.

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What noble gas is denser than air?

Argon is denser than air. The symbol for argon is Ar.

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What element sounds like it's from a Superman movie?

Krypton was the planet where Superman was born. In reality, the symbol for the element krypton is Kr.

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What noble gas is used to treat cancer?

Radon is used to treat cancer. The symbol for radon is Rn.

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Common table salt contains which element?

Common table salt contains sodium. The symbol for sodium is Na.

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Hard water leaves a residue of what element?

Hard water leaves a residue of calcium. The symbol for calcium is Ca.

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A radioisotope of which element is used as a radioactive tracer in medicine?

A radioisotope of barium is used as a radioactive tracer in medicine. The symbol for barium is Ba.

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What element is a component of table salt?

Chlorine is a component of table salt. The symbol for chlorine is Cl.

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Which element was once more valuable than gold or silver?

Aluminum was once more valuable than gold or silver. The symbol for aluminum is Al.

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What element is poisonous and used in pesticides?

Arsenic is poisonous and used in pesticides. The symbol for arsenic is As.

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Cans might be made of what element?

Cans might be made of tin. The symbol for tin is Sn.

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What element is used in fertilizers, explosives and detergents?

Phosphorous is used in fertilizers, explosives and detergents. The symbol for phosphorus is P.

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What metal was once used for plumbing?

Lead was once used for plumbing. The symbol for lead is Pb.

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Which element is both a dietary supplement and used in construction?

Iron is both a dietary supplement and is used in construction. The symbol for iron is Fe.

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What metal was used to make five-cent coins?

Nickel was used to make coins. The symbol for nickel is Ni.

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Which element forms 1+ ions in a salt?

Lithium forms 1+ ions in salt. The symbol for lithium is Li.

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What metal was once used to make mirror backings?

Silver was once commonly used to make mirror backings. The symbol for silver is Ag.

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Which element is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust?

Silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. The symbol for silicon is Si.

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Which element forms the acid used in ear drops?

Boron forms the acid used in ear drops. Boron is also used as a pesticide. The symbol for boron is B.

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Wedding rings are often simple bands of what metal?

Wedding rings are often simple bands of gold. The symbol for gold is Au.

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Older thermometers might contain what element?

Older thermometers were made with mercury. The symbol for mercury is Hg.

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Very expensive jewelry might be made of what metal?

Very expensive jewelry might be made of platinum. The symbol for platinum is Pt.

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What is the name of the heaviest natural element?

Uranium is the heaviest natural element. The symbol for uranium is U.

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