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Word of the Week Published on August 14, 2017 00:00 by

oct-

oct- sounds like or suggests octopus

Imagine an octopus with all of its arms around a huge eight ball!

The octopus with its arms around an eight ball will help you remember that octo- means: eight.

 

English Examples:

octagon, octangular, octagonal, octave, octogenarian

 

eight


Word of the Week Published on August 07, 2017 11:00 by

meter-

meter- sounds like or suggests meter (parking meter)

Imagine a meter (parking meter) with a measuring cup on it!

The meter (parking meter) with a measuring cup on it will help you remember that meter-means: measure

 

English Examples:

altimeter, barometer, kilometer, odometer, pedometer, thermometer

 

measure


Word of the Week Published on August 01, 2017 10:04 by

fortu- sounds like or suggests fortune cookie

Imagine a fortune cookie with a lucky charm bursting out of it!

The fortune cookie with the lucky charm bursting out of it will help you remember that fortu- means: luck

 

English Examples:

fortune, fortuitous, fortunate

 

luck


Word of the Week Published on July 25, 2017 15:17 by

cap-

cap- sounds like or suggests cap

Imagine a cap with a seesaw on it!

The cap with a seesaw on it will help you remember that cap- means: seize (take)

 

English Examples:

capture, captive, captor, captivate

 

seize (take)


Word of the Week Published on July 18, 2017 18:07 by

acr-

acr- sounds like or suggests actor

Imagine an actor holding a gigantic sharpener made of butter!

English Examples:

acrid, acrimonious, acrimony

 

sharp, bitter  


Why Study the Periodic Table? Published on July 13, 2017 16:17 by



Why Study the Periodic Table?

Chances are at some point you'll be asked to learn the periodic table. For many, this may seem like a tedious exercise. If you've studied chemistry for any amount of time, you know that the periodic table is important, but how often will you really use it? Why would it be important to learn the table well enough that it is committed to memory? That level of study requires time and effort, so it makes sense to ask those questions prior to spending the time needed to have it in your head.

The importance of the periodic table:

If you're taking chemistry at any level, you'll use the periodic table all the time. Having it committed to memory will help you in all aspects of your chemistry courses. The table is more than just a piece of paper with elements and atomic numbers to memorize; it's a chart of the building blocks of creation. Everything in the universe is made up of the elements on the table. It is your complete map of the composition of all that is. The periodic table names each element, and gives its elemental symbol, atomic number and weight. The elements are listed in order of their atomic number and are divided according to metals and non-metals. Metals can further be categorized into alkali, alkaline, lanthanoids, actinoids, transition metals, post transition metals, and metalloids. Non-metals are categorized as noble gases and other non-metals. Therefore, the table gives you a quick snapshot of every element that composes the universe and some basic understanding of that element's nature.

How will you use the table?

One way in which you will use the periodic table is to analyze trends in the elements on the table. The table itself is organized in a way that it shows trends in a variety of properties. These properties are:

  • Atomic Radius – ½ the distance between the nuclei of two adjacent atoms
  • Ionization Energy – the amount of energy needed to cause an electron to be removed from an atom while in the gas phase
  • Electron Affinity – An atom's ability to take in an electron
  • Electronegativity – An atom's ability to form a bond

When you move left to right across the rows of the periodic table, you find that the atomic radius decreases while the rest of these properties decrease. When moving from top to bottom down a column of the periodic table, the opposite is true: The atomic radius increases while the rest of the properties decrease.

This information is useful to you in all sorts of chemical problems you will encounter during your classes. The table can help you predict the properties of elements based on where they are in the table. It is organized in such a way that elements with similar characteristics are grouped together. Having this information in your head can help you immediately identify the chemical properties of any of the elements. It can also help you more quickly and accurately balance chemical equations – something you'll be doing a lot of in your studies.

In short, the information on the periodic table is something you need to know and understand in a variety of circumstances. Knowing this information without having to look it up all the time can give you an advantage when taking tests, working in the lab with chemical compounds, or solving complex chemical equations. Besides, memorizing the table is an exercise that will further familiarize you with the subject matter, enabling you to be a better student. You'll be able to recollect information that others will have to look up, and you are more likely to immediately recall facts about each element that others will not immediately remember.

 


Word of the Week Published on July 10, 2017 09:55 by

sed- sounds like or suggests sedative

Imagine a sedative that forces you to sit down!

The sedative that forces you to sit down will help you remember that sed- means: sit

English Examples:

sedentary, sediment, sedate

sit


Word of the Week Published on July 03, 2017 15:32 by

para-                                           

para- sounds like or suggests parachute

Imagine that parachutes always open beside each other

The parachutes that always open beside each other will help you remember that para- means: beside

English Examples:

paragon, paralanguage, paramilitary, paralegal, paraphrase

 

beside


Word of the Week Published on June 26, 2017 12:30 by

pedo-

pedo- sounds like or suggests pedal

Imagine a pedal with a child playing on it!

 

The pedal with a child playing on it will help you remember that ped- means: child

 

English Examples:

pedophile, pediatrician, pediatrics

 

child


Word of the Week Published on June 19, 2017 12:16 by

par-

par- sounds like or suggests parfait

Imagine a parfait with an equal sign in it!

The parfait with an equal sign on it will help you remember that par- means: equal

 

English Examples:

disparage, disparity, parity

equal


Word of the Week Published on June 13, 2017 11:11 by

arch-

arch- sounds like or suggests arch

Imagine an arch with a fire chief and a principal on top of it!

The arch with a fire chief and a principal on top of it will help you remember that arch- means: chief, principal

 

English Examples:

archduke, archenemy, archangel, archbishop

chief, principal


Word of the Week Published on June 06, 2017 12:00 by

vibr-

vibr- sounds like or suggests vibrator (jack hammer)

Imagine a vibrator (jack hammer) being used to make milkshakes!

The vibrator (jack hammer) making milkshakes will help you remember that vibr- means:  shake

 

English Examples:

vibrate, vibrator, vibration, vibratory

 

shake


Word of the Week Published on May 29, 2017 17:03 by

spir-

spir- sounds like or suggests spur.

Imagine a spur that can take breaths!

The spur that can take breaths will help you remember that spir- means

breath!

 

English Examples:

aspire, conspire, expire, inspire, expiration, spirit

 

breath


Word of the Week Published on May 23, 2017 17:39 by

mal-

mal- sounds like or suggests mall.

Imagine a mall with badminton racquets doing all the shopping!

The mall with the badminton racquets doing the shopping will help you remember that

mal- means:  bad

 

English Examples:

malcontent, malfeasance, malicious, malign,

 

bad


Word of the Week Published on May 17, 2017 17:15 by

luc-

luc- sounds like or suggests loose leaf (notebook).

Imagine a loose leaf (notebook) with a light shining through it!

The loose leaf (notebook) with the light shining through it will help you remember that

luc- means:  light

 

English Examples:

elucidate, lucid, translucid

 

light


Word of the Week Published on May 08, 2017 15:00 by

sen-

sen- sounds like or suggests senator.

Imagine a senator as the oldest man in the world!

The senator as the oldest man in the world will help you remember that sen- means:  old

 

English Examples:

senility, senior, seniority, senile

 

old


Word of the Week Published on May 01, 2017 09:30 by

liber-

liber- sounds like or suggests Liberty Bell.

Imagine the Liberty Bell with a freezer inside it!

The Liberty Bell with a freezer inside it will help you remember that liber- means:  free

 

English Examples:

liberate, liberation, liberty, liberal, liberator

 

free


Word of the Week Published on April 24, 2017 11:39 by

nat-

nat- sounds like or suggests gnat.

Imagine a gnat riding on a new chair!

The gnat riding on a new chair will help you remember that nat- means:  nature

 

English Examples:

innate, natal, native, natural, naturopath, naturopathy

 

nature


Word of the Week Published on April 17, 2017 11:35 by

alt-

alt- sounds like or suggests alto (sax)

Imagine an alto (sax) with a high chair stuck in it!

The alto (sax) with the high chair stuck in it will help you remember that alt- means: high

 

English Examples:

altimeter, altitude, altiplano

high


Word of the Week Published on April 10, 2017 11:32 by

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vert-

vert- sounds like or suggests vertebra.

Imagine that every vertebra in the spinal column is a turnip!

The vertebrae made of turnips will help you remember that vert-

means: turn

English examples per:

avert, introvert, extrovert, invert, convert

turn

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Word of the Week Published on April 03, 2017 17:18 by

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pug-

pug- sounds like or suggests pig.

Imagine a pig that does nothing but fight with every other pig.

The pig that fights with every other pig will help you remember

 that pug- means: fight

English examples:

 

pugnacious, pugilism, impugn, pugnacity,

fight

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Word of the Week Published on March 27, 2017 11:13 by

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pend-

 

pend- sounds like or suggests pendulum

 

Imagine a pendulum as a pay phone. With a hanger (coat hanger) hanging on it!

 

 

 The pendulum as a pay phone with a hanger on it will help you remember

that pend- means: pay, hang

 

English examples:

suspend, appendage, pendant, expend, stipend                                          

 

pay, hang

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Word of the Week Published on March 20, 2017 11:13 by

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 path-

path- sounds like or suggests path.

 Imagine a path with a field on it!

 

 

The path with a field on it will help you remember that path-

Means: feeling

 

English examples:

apathy, empathy, sympathy

 

feeling

 

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Word of the Week Published on March 13, 2017 11:10 by

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neo-

neo- sounds like or suggests, neon (sign).

 

Imagine a neon sign that forms the word, “NEW”.

 

The neon sign forming the word, “NEW” will help your remember that

neo- means: new

 

English examples:

neoclassic, neocolonialism, neologism, neonatal, neophyte

 

new

 

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