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Consolidate the Names and Symbols of Elements

In this worksheet, students will revise the names and symbols of the first ten elements in the periodic table.

'Consolidate the Names and Symbols of Elements ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Chemistry: The Periodic Table

Curriculum subtopic:   Physical and Chemical Properties of Elements

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

All substances are made up of tiny particles called atoms.

There are over 100 different types of atom.

 

 

Each type of atom has their own unique name and unique symbol.

For example:

Copper atoms have the symbol Cu.

Sulphur atoms have the symbol S.

  

Remember that:

(1) All chemical symbols begin with a capital letter.

(2) If an atom has a symbol with a second letter, the second letter is always a lowercase letter not a capital letter e.g. the symbol for copper is Cu not CU.

(3) Some atoms have a symbol based on the the atom's originally used Latin or Greek name. E.g. the atom called sodium has the symbol Na, based on sodium's original Latin name, natrium

 

Top Tips:

To help scientists remember the names and properties of the various atoms, scientists use a special chart called the periodic table.

At GCSE level all students are expected to know the names and symbols of at least the first 20 types of atoms in the periodic table. Its very important to be able to recognise the names and the symbols and the only way of doing this is to learn them.

 

Once you have learnt the names and the symbols practise using them and they'll become second nature to you!

  

In this worksheet, students will revise the names and symbols of the first ten atoms in the periodic table.

What is the symbol of the atom called hydrogen?
h

H

What is the symbol for the atom called helium?
he

HE

He

What is the symbol for the atom called lithium?
li

LI

Li

II

What atom has the symbol 'Be'?
​What is the symbol of the element called boron?
BO

Bo

b

B

What is the symbol of the atom called carbon?
​What is the symbol for the atom called nitrogen?
 
n

N

Ni

What is the symbol of the atom called oxygen?
Ox

o

O

​What atom has the symbol 'F'?
Flourine

Fluorine

What is the symbol for atom neon?
 
N

Ni

n

Ne

  • Question 1
What is the symbol of the atom called hydrogen?
CORRECT ANSWER
H
EDDIE SAYS
The capital letter H is the symbol for hydrogen. Chemical symbols always start with a capital letter! An easy start for you there, let's push on.
  • Question 2
What is the symbol for the atom called helium?
CORRECT ANSWER
He
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that the first letter in a chemical symbol is always a capital letter. If a chemical symbol has a second letter, the second letter is always lower case. 'He' is the correct symbol for helium. 'he' is not correct- 2 small letters. 'HE' is not correct- 2 capital letters. 'He' is the correct answer.
  • Question 3
What is the symbol for the atom called lithium?
CORRECT ANSWER
Li
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that the symbol for lithium starts with a capital capital 'L' and the second letter is a lower case 'i'. 'Li' is the correct symbol for lithium!
  • Question 4
What atom has the symbol 'Be'?
CORRECT ANSWER
Beryllium
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that the symbol starts with a capital 'B' and the second letter is a lower case 'e'. 'Be' is the correct symbol for Beryllium.
  • Question 5
​What is the symbol of the element called boron?
CORRECT ANSWER
B
EDDIE SAYS
Boron has the symbol 'B'. Are you beginning to feel more confident?
  • Question 6
What is the symbol of the atom called carbon?
CORRECT ANSWER
C
EDDIE SAYS
The answer is simply a capital 'C'. Making revision flashcards with symbols and their correlating element will allow you to test your knowledge.
  • Question 7
​What is the symbol for the atom called nitrogen?
 
CORRECT ANSWER
N
EDDIE SAYS
The small letter 'n' cannot be the symbol for any atom. Symbols for atoms always must start with a capital letter. 'Ni' is not the symbol for nitrogen. 'Ni' is the symbol for atom called nickel. The correct answer is the capital letter 'N'.
  • Question 8
What is the symbol of the atom called oxygen?
CORRECT ANSWER
O
EDDIE SAYS
'Ox' is not the correct answer because there are currently no atoms with the name or the symbol 'Ox', that's made up! 'o' is not the correct answer - because all chemical symbols must begin with a capital letter. The correct answer is therefore, 'O'.
  • Question 9
​What atom has the symbol 'F'?
CORRECT ANSWER
Flourine
EDDIE SAYS
Flourine is a made up word. There are no atoms called flourine. Spelling the names of atoms correctly is important. 'F' is the correct symbol for an atom called fluorine. You've got this almost in the bag, keep going!
  • Question 10
What is the symbol for atom neon?
 
CORRECT ANSWER
Ne
EDDIE SAYS
'N' is the symbol for the nitrogen atom. 'Ni' is the symbol for the atom nickel. The symbol 'n' is not a chemical symbol. The first letter in a chemical symbol always is a capital letter. 'Ne' the correct symbol for the atom called neon. Great focus, that's another activity ticked off science-whiz!
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