Numbers in the News: The Periodic Table

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the periodic table.

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1869

The year Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev created the first periodic table.

63 vs. 118

Number of elements on the original periodic table versus number on it today.

77%

The percentage of elements on the table found in nature. Scientists created the rest in a lab.

24

Number of letters of the alphabet used at least once in elements’ symbols on the table. No elements contain Q or J.

THINK ABOUT IT: Can you identify one element from the periodic table named after a place, just by looking at its name? An astronomical body? A mythical figure?

SOURCES: AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, COMPOUND INTEREST

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