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History of the Periodic Table. Each group will be given some cards. Can your group figure out what card is missing? What is it (number and suit)?. Antoine Lavoisier. In the late 1790s, he compiled a list of the known elements at the time. This list contained 23 elements. 1743 - 1794 .

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History of the periodic table

History of the Periodic Table

Each group will be given some cards. Can your group figure out what card is missing? What is it (number and suit)?

Antoine lavoisier
Antoine Lavoisier

  • In the late 1790s, he compiled a list of the known elements at the time.

  • This list contained 23 elements.

1743 - 1794

But times were about to change
But times were about to change…

  • In the 1800’s, there were many changes in the world

    • Electricity

    • Spectrometer

    • Industrial Revolution

  • As a result, there was an increase in the number of known elements

    • By the 1870, there were 70 known elements

An agreement is reached
An agreement is reached…

  • Then in the 1860’s, chemist agreed upon a method for accurately determining the atomic mass of elements.

John newlands
John Newlands

  • Noticed when elements were arranged by atomic mass, they repeated properties every 8th element.

  • He used the word periodic to describe this pattern

  • He gave it the name the Law of Octaves



We Hate It


  • Did not work for all the elements

  • Criticized because of its association with music

  • Did give others the idea of repeating properties - periodic

Lothar meyer and dmitri mendeleev
Lothar Meyer and Dmitri Mendeleev

  • Each made a connection between atomic mass and properties of elements

1834 - 1907


The winner is
The winner is…


  • Mendeleev is given credit because his was published first

  • In addition, Mendeleev predicted unknown elements

  • However, not completely correct – new elements weren’t in correct order

  • What do you notice about elements 27 & 28 and 52 & 53?

Henry moseley
Henry Moseley

  • Solved this problem by arranging the elements by increasing atomic number.

  • The periodic repetition of chemical and physical properties of elements when arranged by atomic number is now known as Periodic Law


Which leads to the modern periodic table

Element Name

Atomic Symbol

Atomic Number

Atomic Mass

Which leads to the Modern Periodic Table

  • Boxes each with:





That are arranged by increasing atomic numbers


  • Atomic number = the number of protons = the number of electrons (if neutral)

  • Atomic Mass on the Periodic table is the average mass of the isotopes

    • But the mass number of each isotope is the protons plus the neutrons

Chemical symbol
Chemical Symbol

  • The symbol that refers to the element

  • First letter is capitalized, second letter (if applicable) is lower case

  • Not all symbols are based on English names for the elements, some come from their Latin names or even other languages

– Tin – Sn – stannum

– Iron – Fe - ferrum

– Mercury – Hg - hydrargyrum

– Gold – Au - aurum

– Silver – Ag – argentum

– Antimony – Sb -stibium

– Lead – Pb – plumbum

– Copper – Cu – cyprium

Columns and rows
Columns and Rows

  • The columns are called Families or Groups

    • Earlier Version had 1-8 followed by A or B

      • Group A elements are called Representative Elements

      • Group B elements are called Transition Elements

    • Modern Version labels the columns with 1-18

  • Rows are called Periods

    • Seven periods for the seven energy levels (rings)

Classifying elements
Classifying Elements

  • Three Types of Elements

    • Metals

    • Nonmetals

    • Metalloids


  • Shiny when smooth and clean

  • Solid at room temperature

    • Only exception - Mercury

  • Good conductors of heat and electricity

  • Most are ductile and malleable


  • Upper Right side of the Periodic Table

  • Generally brittle solids or gases

  • Poor conductors of heat and electricity

  • Bromine is the only liquid at room temperature

“The Yellow Elements”


  • A.k.a – the semi-metals

  • Boxes bordering the stair-step

  • Physical and chemical characteristics of both metals and nonmetals

“The Green Stair-stepping Elements”