The Importance of The Periodic Table of Elements

There are many reasons why the Periodic Table of Elements is important. The first and most important perhaps is that the elements are arranged by order of atomic number which allows scientists to clearly identify the properties of the elements. Scientific researchers agree that the periodic table is a master piece of organized chemical information. The progression of the periodic table into its current form is a major achievement in and of itself with contributions from many famous chemist and scientist. Recent scans of news related to scientific expiraments demonstrate the importance of the periodic table. For example, in September D. Rudolf in Physical Review Letters a publication of American Physical Society, was based on the reactions between Ca and Am ion, and in August 2013 experimenters identified products of an isotope of element 113 Uut without the organized Periodic Table of Elements the scientist would not be able to categorize their findings. As we learned in class, the world we live in is made up of chemicals and is impacted by chemical reactions. This helps us avoid harmful elements. For example, lead. You cannot buy paint with lead in it, pencils do not contain lead, and we avoid interaction with the substance at all times because we know it is harmful to us. The periodic table helps scientist convey this to the public. According to Wiki Answers grouping elements according to atomic structure, scientist can understand which elements are likely to have similar properties. This allows them to more efficiently conduct their research. By organizing elements into groups, periods, and blocks (as we discussed in class) the periodic table allows scientific research to be communicated in a manner that is understood globally regardless of background, language, or training. As reported in synonym (online collection of observations related to the periodic table) the history of the periodic table provides and interesting prospective into how scientists have viewed various elements. For example, scientists understand from the periodic table that the basic form of an element has a particular number of neutrons, and something must be introduced to impact that element if an isotope is discovered. They may not know what caused the isotope to form but this has lead to generations of scientist investing time and resources into finding the answers. Some notable examples are the hydrogen bomb, nuclear energy to power the electricity needs of communities, the discovery of useful household items like plastic wrap and tin foil. In my opinion based on what I have learned in class and in a very simple review of information related to the use of the periodic table, this single development has had a major impact on my everyday life. Periodic table will continue to be a foundation of discovery science. I am looking forward to the benefits of the use of the periodic table on the health and well being of my family and friends. Particularly in the pharmaceutical and bio technology sciences, where scientist use the table to guide them in their discoveries of medicines and therapies for common health, like cancer.


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