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Periodic Table Elements Song

Learn the Periodic Table Elements
using Music, and the Elements Song.

The science research explains why
you should use music for learning.

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My chemistry teacher asked me what my favorite element is so I replied the 'element of surprise' b4 karate chopping her to the floor! HA!

What do you do when a chemist dies?
A. You barium. Bada Boom!

"The Elements" song by Tom Lehrer

'I am the very model of a modern Major-General' from Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance'.


There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium.

There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
And phosphorous and francium and fluorine and terbium
And manganese and mercury, molybdinum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium
And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
Tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

There's sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium
And also mendelevium, einsteinium and nobelium
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper,
Tungsten, tin and sodium.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven't been discovered. - The Elements song

NCIS Ex-file Episode you get to hear the Periodic Table Song. Example

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe performs his party trick, which is singing "The Elements" by musical humorist Tom Lehrer.



Many people have heard of Tom Lehrer's 'The Elements' song. Listening I realised the song hadn't actually told me anything about The Periodic Table, except what's on it! So I decided to do my own song, specifically about The Periodic Table.
The chorus contains the first 36 elements in order up to Krypton.
The first verse covers general info about the Periodic table.
The second verse lists the Alkali Metals and The Alkaline Earth Metals.
The third verse lists the Halogens and the Noble Gases.

The Periodic Table (Rapping the elements!)


The Periodic Table Map is an interactive map of the periodic table.
The table uses the familiar controls used in interactive maps (zooming & panning) to allow you to explore and discover information about the chemical elements. As you zoom in on the periodic table map more information is revealed about each of the chemical elements. Zoom right in on an element on the map and you can view images, video and the Wikipedia entry about the element. The map also includes a number of filter options, You can use these options to view the known periodic table for any historical year or to filter the map to only show specific categories of elements. It is also possible to filter the map to show the state of elements (solid, liquid or gas) for any chosen temperature.

Elemental haiku and a bit of whimsical flair.
A review of the Periodic Table composed of 119 science haiku, one for each element, plus a closing haiku for element 119 (not yet synthesized). The haiku encompass astronomy, biology, chemistry, history, physics. Click or hover over an element on the Periodic Table to read the haiku. Share these poems and add your own on Twitter with hashtag #ChemHaiku.







Fujiyama Mama - especially appropriate since they had the nuclear meltdown
2009 This blistering, take-no-prisoners rockabilly tune is one of Wanda Jackson's best loved recordings...


1957 version



Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security. The ultimate Atomic Platter, Slim Gaillard's unforgettable jazz vocal composition celebrates, with impeccable cool, the wonders of a radioactive cordial (“the drink you don't pour”). Not only does the song neatly encapsulate the immediate impact the Bomb had on the culture, but it was also cut on the Atomic, Inc. label, whose logo features a figure swaying in a blast wind. What more could the Cold War music obsessive ask for?
Atomic Cocktail, with its admiring lyrics for an atomic-powered drink, is emblematic of the first wave of naïve Bomb songs. Recorded in December of 1945 while Hiroshima and Nagasaki still glowed, the attitude of this comical tune mirrors the blissful ignorance of the western world to the true horror unleashed on Japan. Additionally, the lyrics “push a button, turn a dial, your work is done for miles and miles” reflects the popular notion of the day that the Bomb had ushered in a carefree new era of easier living—not to mention killing—through science. It is rare that such a catchy song is so historically significant, but that's why it leads off this collection of irradiated music.


An overtly atomic song will usually have the word itself in the title or in the lyrics. This subgenre also includes the Hydrogen Bomb songs. Examples include The Slim Gaillard Quarette's Atomic Cocktail

and Al Rex's Hydrogen Bomb.


Uranium mining was touted in the media of the day as some kind of modern gold rush. In the 1950s, the U.S. government encouraged private citizens to prospect for uranium that was needed for nuclear testing and nuclear weapons production. The uranium "boom" was enough of a fad to inspire a few tunes (Elton Britt's Uranium Fever,


Warren Smith's Uranium Rock,


and The Commodore's Uranium)


Mnemonics is a rhyming device.

Learn Why Songs help you memorize the information. Since print was invented we've forgotten our roots of why we sang songs to help us to remember. We sang history in verse after verse to remember our stories, before we invented reading and writing.

Francisco Eduomo sings his "Ode to the Periodic Table" 7/31/1997

That happens when you are improvising, being in the moment, but in the end you are really only free to pick the structure you want, and to study; because everyone is interdependent, and that is the fact of life. The more you study the structure you've picked to live within, using those boundaries to figure out how to solve something; the more depth of knowledge you will achieve!! TRUST ME


Missing element from periodic table finally created, scientists say:

Two of the heaviest elements on the periodic table were officially named on Thursday May 31, 2012.

2 New Elements on Periodic Table Get Names | Flerovium & Livermorium the super-heavy elements 114 and 116 have finally been christened by their Russian and American discoverers. The elements have been named flerovium and livermoreium, also known as Fl and Lv.





2016 Japan gives its first element a name, and it's nihonium.
The four new elements of the periodic table, tentatively titled moscovium, tennessine, oganesson and nihonium, will complete the seventh row of the periodic table. Kosuke Morita, head of a team of scientists who discovered element 113, points to the superheavy synthetic element on a periodic table

12/30/15 -- elments 115, 117 and 118 were added

2011 -- elements 114 and 116 were added

Periodic table's seventh row finally filled as four new elements are added Discovery of four super-heavy chemical elements by scientists in Russia, America and Japan has been verified by experts and formally added to table

“IUPAC has now initiated the process of formalising names and symbols for these elements temporarily named as ununtrium, (Uut or element 113), ununpentium (Uup, element 115), ununseptium (Uus, element 117), and ununoctium (Uuo, element 118).”

Ununseptium, a very unwhimsical Latinate placeholder that refers to the element's atomic number, 117. A team of Russian and American scientists has discovered a new element that has long stood as a missing link among the heaviest bits of atomic matter ever produced. The element, still nameless, appears to point the way toward a brew of still more massive elements with chemical properties no one can predict. The team produced six atoms of the element by smashing together isotopes of calcium and a radioactive element called berkelium in a particle accelerator about 75 miles north of Moscow on the Volga River, according to a paper that has been accepted for publication at the journal Physical Review Letters.

A new, superheavy chemical element numbered 112 will be included in the periodic table, first produced 112 in 1996 by firing charged zinc atoms through a 120-meter-long particle accelerator to hit a lead target. The zinc and lead nuclei were fused to form the nucleus of the new element, also known as Ununbium, Latin for 112. "The new element is approximately 277 times heavier than hydrogen, making it the heaviest element in the periodic table. The atomic number 112 refers to the sum of the atomic numbers of zinc, which has 30, and lead, which has 82. Atomic numbers denote how many protons are found in the atom's nucleus. Scientists at the Helmholtz Center have discovered six chemical elements, numbered 107-112, since 1981. The remaining five elements have already been recognized and named.



Animated Periodic Table of the Elements
lots to click around on this animated version of the periodic table of the elements. Browse through the alkali metals, the alkaline earth metals, and both the lanthanide and actinide series. As users move their mouse across the table they can learn each elements boiling point, its oxidation states, its atomic weight, density, each elements bonding structure.

RARE EARTH Periodic Table

Periodic Table Resources by Nancy Clark

'Oxford ecologist Philip Stewart has designed a new periodic table of the elements. Stewart's is the only remake to achieve widespread adoption since Dmitri Mendeleev invented the original periodic table in a fit of brilliance in 1869.' " 2005 +

Ebbinghaus 1.3
A number of programs have been released in recent months that are designed to help computer users learn by creating flash cards and then review them at your leisure. Export these boxes of cards to devices such as an iPod and use them as they see fit. compatible with computers running Mac OS X 10.4 +

Download and print the Periodic Table

Every classroom should have a periodic table. Similarities and Differences between the arts and sciences is closely related to these concepts.

Take the Periodic Quiz @ Quizlet


This is a great combination of physics and humor. The earliest reference I found to it is here.

A group of helium molecules walk into a bar. The bartender says: "Sorry we don't serve noble gases here." The helium doesn't react.

Scientists at CERN in Geneva have announced the discovery of the heaviest element. The new element is Governmentium (Gv). It has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons which are surrounded by vast quantities of left-on-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons or protons, it is inert. However, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact with. Even a tiny amount of Governmentium causes a reaction which normally takes only a few days to complete to four years or more to finish or resolve.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical point of concentration.

When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons. Vast sums of money are consumed in the exchange yet no other by-products are produced.


So a neutron walks into a bar . . .
A New chemical Element Discovered by William DeBuvitz

This bit of humor was written in April 1988 and appeared in the January 1989 issue of The Physics Teacher. William DeBuvitz is a physics professor at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey (USA). He retired in June of 2000. The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by investigators at a major U.S. research university. The element, tentatively named administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons and 111 assistant vice neutrons, which gives it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons.



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Superpolylogarithmic Subexponential Functions
An oldy but goody from 1999 Abstract:
A superpolylogarithmic subexponential function is any function that asymptotically grows faster than any polynomial of any logarithm but slower than any exponential. We present a recently discovered nineteenth-century manuscript about these functions, which in part because of their application in cryptology, have received considerable attention in contemporary computer science research.

Attributed to the little-known yet highly-suspect composer/mathematician Maria Poopings, the manuscript can be sung to the tune of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from the musical Mary Poppins.

In addition, we prove three ridiculous facts about superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions. Using novel extensions to the popular DTIME notation from complexity theory, we also define the complexity class SuperPolyLog/SubExp, which consists of all languages that can be accepted within deterministic superpolylogarithmic subexponential time.

We show that this class is notationally intractable in the sense that it cannot be conveniently described using existing terminology. Surprisingly, there is some scientific value in our notational novelties; moreover, students may find this paper helpful in learning about growth rates, asymptotic notations, cryptology, and reversible computation.

Keywords. Algorithms, asymptotic notation, complexity theory, cryptography, cryptology, DTIME, mathematical humor, Maria Poopings, Mary Poppins, musical computer science, reversible computation, SuperPolyLog/SubExp Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions .

The Lyrics

Superpolylogarithmic Subexponential Functions
Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!
Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!
Superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions!
Faster than a polylog but slower than exponential.
Even though they're hard to say, they're truly quintessential.
Superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions!

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay! Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!

For Alice to send a message through to Bob when Eve's eavesdropping,
do use a trapdoor one-way function---not a one-key mapping.
First take a message x, let's say, and raise it to the e;
then mod it out by p times q but keep these secretly. Oh!

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!

The process takes but poly-time and appears to be secure:
why even just a single bit is one over polylog pure.
Though Alice thinks that Eve must spend time at least exponential,
by using Lenstra's elliptic curves, Eve splits n subexponentially. Oh!

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay! Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!

Most computations dissipate a lot of energy;
we remove the heat with water but there's a better strategy.
Since thermodynamics does not apply when info is not doomed,
the laws of physics don't require that power be consumed. Oh!

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay! Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!

Now Bennett said in `73, to run a program P,
you simulate the program P, but do so reversibly.
The problem with this method is that space is exponential,
so trade off time to save on space---this really is essential! Oh!

Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay! Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay!

Did you know if you invert one, you get a
funtionential subexporithmic logapolyrepus?
But that's quite a singularity! So,

If you are in an oral exam and cannot find the way,
just summon up these words and then you've got a lot to say.
But better use them carefully or you could fail the test.
A professor once asked me,
"What do you call functions that grow faster than any
polylogarithm but slower than exponential?" There're,

Superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions!
Superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions!
Superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions!
Superpolylogarithmic subexponential functions!


The impact of hip-hop on teaching in science / STEM classrooms



1871 Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev developed the periodic classification system of the elements, presenting a periodic table listing the elements in 1871.
Born in Siberia, the last of 17 children, Mendeleyev eventually found success in academia. While writing a basic textbook on chemistry in the 1860s, he attempted to find a way to classify the elements. His periodic system gained acceptance over time. His periodic table left gaps for elements as yet undiscovered, but he correctly predicted the properties of three of those elements. The table and his concepts of periodic law gained more acceptance with the approach of the 20th century, forming the basis for modern chemistry. (HNQ, 1/4/01)(WSJ, 8/21/01, p.A17) More about this story.

Songs composed by Alexander Borodin a chemist by day and a musician by night who also happened to be good buddies with Mendeleev, which happens to check out why students of music are so much smarter!

Did it take a nuclear physics lab to murder Alexander Litvinenko?
An analysis that suggests that perhaps it isn't that hard to extract enough polonium to commit murder. The analysis is worth reading, if only for the biophysics.



FOR INSPIRATION: ~ by Dr. Van Philpot
(My friend wrote this only a few weeks before he passed away ~ k.e.)
Johannes Brahms is the biologist of music. His symphony #1 portrays the full dimensions of the life cycle with its majesty and minute perfection. Like the intertwining of molecules from air and soil into living cells-moving, breathing, reproducing, the symphony rolls gently and powerfully to intertwine itself with the melody, harmony and rythm of the biological world. The pounding of tympani in the first movement takes one to the grandeur of nature seen from the top of a mountain. The soft strains of the second movement takes one to a moss covered glen in a wooded area where each molecule of chlorophyl is acted upon by a photon of light to catalyze the inorganic to the organic. The famous melody of the fourth movement portrays a scene by the brookside with its algae, one celled organisms, fish, snakes fuse to become a single gently flowing organism.
When science and music are blended by the immaterial component of the human mind, one has a vision of God.


Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table
A professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine
And now, at this juncture, when death is no longer an abstract concept, but a presence — an all-too-close, not-to-be-denied presence — I am again surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity. At one end of my writing table, I have element 81 in a charming box, sent to me by element-friends in England: It says, “Happy Thallium Birthday,” a souvenir of my 81st birthday last July; then, a realm devoted to lead, element 82, for my just celebrated 82nd birthday earlier this month. Here, too, is a little lead casket, containing element 90, thorium, crystalline thorium, as beautiful as diamonds, and, of course, radioactive — hence the lead casket.


Tracing memes instead of genes! The Mathematics Genealogy Project traces over 116,000 mathematicians along with their "descendants" -- the students they have mentored, and their students and so on.






First Bank of the United States
Philadelphia, PA 1797 - 1811

First National Bank at Third and Chestnut Streets, in Philadelphia, PA is a grand old neoclassical survivor that today begins a new life as a museum devoted to the history of chemistry, run by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation museum,
315 Chestnut St., Admission is free. Information:
215-925-2222 or

AP Chemistry Course Home Page For people with a penchant for benzene rings and other topics, the AP Chemistry Course site is a great resource. Designed for both educators and students, the site contains resources for teaching to the AP exam as well as a wealth of other items. Interested parties should explore the Classroom Resources where they will find seven different lab activities, such as "Misconceptions and Issues in Quantum Theory" and "Women Scientists of the Manhattan Project.” Additionally, the site features Other Core Resources which includes an open forum for educators along with some basic overviews for crafting a one-semester course in chemistry.

Quantum "Weeping Angel" Effect Freezes Atoms in Place
The paradox of Schroedinger's Cat famously demonstrates that a quantum cat sealed in a box is both alive and dead at the same time until we look inside, at which point it becomes one or the other. Such is the weirdness of quantum mechanics. But if a mere act of observation determines the outcome of an experiment, what happens if we never look away? Answer: time effectively stands still.
That's the conclusion of a new paper accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. Cornell University physicists constructed an elaborate experiment to demonstrate that making a series of rapid measurements of atoms — equivalent to looking at the system without blinking — essentially freezes matter in place. It's a bit like one of Doctor Who's Weeping Angels, those creepy statues who are said to be “quantum locked”: they can only move when they're not being directly observed.

Chemistry Video's and Songs

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General Chemistry Online
General Chemistry Online site, created by Professor Fred Senese of Frostburg State University's chemistry department contains companion notes and guides that will help students as they navigate the world of first semester chemistry, as well as a toolbox of interactive graphing devices and a glossary of over 1000 chemical terms, complete with audio pronunciations. For those who cannot find answers to their queries here, the site has the "Ask Antoine" section where they can ask about anything chemistry.

Principles of Chemical Science
The basic principles behind chemical science are the bedrock of a number of scientific endeavors, and this remarkable course from MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative is quite a find. Professor Catherine Drennan and Dr. Elizabeth Vogel Taylor created the materials for this course, and the site includes video lectures, lecture notes, and exams. Visitors will note that these materials can be found on the left-hand side of the page, and they can also be downloaded en masse via the "Download Course Materials" link. The topics covered here include the basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, and chemical kinetics. Also, visitors are encouraged to offer their own feedback on the course, or even provide a donation to help out with this initiative.

Chemistry Laboratory Techniques
Learning to navigate the treacherous shoals of the chemistry laboratory is tricky business. Fortunately, interested parties can use this fine online course from MIT's OpenCourseWare to become more familiar with such matters.
The course consists of "intensive practical training in basic chemistry lab techniques" and the site includes a host of instructional videos. The manual and materials for this course were prepared by Dr. Katherine J. Franze and Dr. Kevin M. Shea in collaboration with a number of their colleagues. Visitors can make their way through the syllabus, course calendar, labs, and the study materials. In the Study Materials area, visitors will find ten videos, including "Using a Balance," "Melting Point Determination," and "Thin-Layer Chromatography." Students of chemistry and educators will find this site most useful and will wish to share it widely with others.

FREE WU General Chemistry Online Tutorial

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a great resource called "After School Astronomy" run by Lou Mayo that has more science songs to sing.

Space Travel - Mission Control Words and music by Carmino Ravosa

What Texas Says you need to know about science to pass the 11th grade exit exam.

Tom Lehrer - The Elements - Guitar Chords
Music - Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics - A great many eminent scientists from the Renaissance to today Arranged by Tom Lehrer.

Lehrer was a Harvard math lecturer, and the final rhyme of "Harvard" and "discovered" is delivered in a parody of a Boston accent, i.e., in a non-rhotic manner, so that the two words rhyme. Lehrer, a native of New York, does not normally speak with that accent.
Lehrer drew the inspiration for The Elements from the song Tchaikovsky and Other Russians, written by Ira Gershwin, which listed fifty Russian composers in a similar manner
The Elements differs from The Major-General's Song in that:

  • Lehrer's usual performance is more monotoned than its source tune, although the sheet music in the 1981 book contains Sullivan's normal score.
  • As per usual with Lehrer, it is accompanied solely by his own piano playing (as opposed to a full orchestra).
  • On the live version, Lehrer pauses in the middle for a spoken interlude, in which he talks to the audience ("I hope you're all taking notes, because there's going to be a short quiz next period!") while vamping on the piano.
  • The verse structure is altered, omitting the third verse of the original as well as all of the "responses" from the play's chorus, and adding an extra two lines at the end of the last verse.
  • The song ends with a piano coda: Shave and a haircut, two bits.

There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium
G D7 G
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium.

G7 Cm
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
Bb7 Eb
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
G7 Cm
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium
Ab7 G7
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
C G7 C G7
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium
C F C G7 C
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium

(Isn't that interesting)

There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium
G D7 G
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium

G7 Cm
And lead, praseodymium and platinum, plutonium
Bb7 Eb
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium
G7 Cm
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium
Ab7 G7
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium

There's sulphur, californium and fermium, berkelium,
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
C G7 C G7
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium
C F C G7 C
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium

C G7 C G7
These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard
C F C G7 C
And there may be many others, but the haven't been discovered.