Most of the elements have abbreviations that are pretty intuitive. 
Neon is Ne
Argon is Ar
But 11 have rather weird ones!

1. Cu=Copper
From the Latin word for the Island of Cyprus, Kypros, where copper was mined in the past.

2. Ag=Silver
From the Latin word Argentum meaning shiny white. Argentina was named after this word as they thought silver was located there.

3. Hg=Mercury
From Hygrargyrum meaning. Hydra-Argentum...silver that runs.

4. Au=Gold
From the Latin word meaning the golden color of dawn, Aurum.

5. Fe=Iron
From Ferrum, the Latin word for Iron and where we get the word shoe horses with iron. 

6. Pb=Lead
From Plumbum, the Latin word for lead. Plumber comes from this word.

7. K=Potassium
From the word potash and the Latin word for plant ash is Kalium 
which is why Potassium gets the letter K.

8. Na=Sodium
From the word Natrum, the Latin word for soda. Soda is that white, salty mineral on the edges of dry lake beds.

9. Sn=Tin
Because early miners called the metal Stean which became the Latin word for stannum. Nobody knows what Tin means.

10. W=Tungsten
Many Europeans refer to this element as Wolfram...because extracting tungsten consumed lots of tin and produced a white a wolfs' mouth while eating its prey.

11. Sb=Antimony
For Stibium, as the black form of antimony makes a black mark. Stibium means 'a mark'.

There you have it, the 11 weird abbreviations of our Periodic Table! 


Bronze TheSling said...

Can you start manufacturing t-shirts that say "I <3 Chemistry 101"? Because I LOVE CHEMISTRY 101!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casey said...

Can I ask an honest question? We did the Biology 101 and totally loved it. Just ordered the Chem and Physics. While ordering I was looking at your bios and noticed no science background whatsoever. Wondering how you went about your research. I saw all of the info as accurate and was just curious on this. Thanks;)

Tammy Olson said...

Hi Casey,
That is an excellent question: “Exactly what are your credentials for making these science films?”

Here is the short answer: I find and hire technical experts in the field, submit the script and films to them, then make all the changes until they are satisfied that the content is scientifically accurate.

Here is the long answer. My expertise is in film making and in taking complex information and making it interesting and understandable. Unfortunately, most technical experts in the field don’t have those skills and those with the skills aren’t technical experts. As one song writer said, “Those who know don't have the words to tell and the ones with the words don't know too well.” My job then, is to research these difficult areas, write scripts and screenplays then submit the film and script to technical experts to ensure the data is scientifically accurate. And finding experts who are willing to work on a project like this for 18 months is not always easy.

We worked with biologists from the Institute for Creation Research for the biology film. We worked with a chemist who taught both high school and university chemistry and who is the author of several very popular text books on chemistry and organic chemistry. Finally we had two PhD physicists work on the physics film, one of whom is the department chairman for the physics department at an Eastern University and the other has her doctorate in mathematical physics.

All of these scientists worked painstakingly close with Westfield Studios for months to vet every frame and word in the films. This is one of the more exacting and difficult parts of producing these films, but we want to be sure we have got the science right before releasing it to the public.

If you still have more questions, you can write me again or feel free to call at 1.800.898.3213 Thank you for your interest in The 101

The Prairie Tatter said...

Thank you for explaning the tedious process of production. You have certainly been gifted with making science interesting. I hope all the professionals you worked with learned a few tips for teaching as they helped with these projects.

Josh said...

hello Olson family! We absolutely love your video on Chemistry 101. As a matter of fact, having initially bought this for my daughter who is in Highschool, we have enjoyed watching them as a family! You truly have a gift of explaining difficult abstract concepts in a way that is easy to understand even for those who don't like science:) we can not wait for your General Science 101 to come out soon, only wishing our oldest could have used it a few years ago when studying it. Well done! Keep it up!!!!

Tammy Olson said...

Hello Josh, We are so glad you are enjoying and learning about God's creation from our DVDs with your family. Thank you for your encouraging words!

Judy Vandiver said...

Does the Chemistry course have labs that the student must do? We are looking for something that includes lab work. Also, what other equipment is needed for Chemistry and Physics? We are new at this? Why do we need the accreditation? We are homeschooling in Texas where you are your own school.

Tammy Olson said...

Hello Judy! Thank you for your interest in our science films!
Our Chemistry DVD course has 30 hours of labs that the student may do. As a homeschooling mom you can pick and choose what labs you would like your student to accomplish.Some moms/teachers would like their students to complete a full credit, which equals about 130 hours of study for any particular subject. This is why we have included an Accreditation Booklet with our DVD courses. Some choose not to follow this schedule, while others love this guide and format. There are some states that require accreditation.
You can access the lab equipment list in the Accreditation Booklet. It tells you everything you would need to complete all the labs. It is the same with Physics 101.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me again- and may God bless your new journey of homeschooling!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
If we buy the dvd's do we need to buy the quiz & accredidation booklets also, or can we print them from the dvd's? I want to buy all of the dvd's and needed the most ecomomical way to do it. :0)
thank you,
crystal jones

Tammy Olson said...

Hi Crystal!
The Guidebook and Accreditation Booklet are already located on the fourth disc of each DVD set. We give copyright permission to take to a copy store and have them print them for you. Spiral bound is nice so the books can lay flat. You can also print them from home and place the pages into a 3 ring binder. Or you have the option of having your student read the Guidebook on the computer and only print the quizzes or pages you want and the Accreditation Booklet for record keeping.
Thank you for your interest in the 101 series!

Judy Vandiver said...

We are now about half-way through the Chemistry 101 and love the course. It's very easy to manage time-wise and we are doing this as a mini-semester prior to the beginning of our homeschool year. I (teacher/grandma) reviewed all the material, and made assignments for my high-schooler. I give him a weekly schedule of what needs to be done via video, workbook, labs, research assignments and vocabulary words that I choose from the text. I have made a unit test for each of the four units. This combined with daily grades for labs, research, quizzes for each chapter will make up his total grade.

My home-schooler is 15 and is loving the lab experiments. Some of them he has done more than once or twice, just because they are so much fun. His mom videos the experiments as he explains what he is doing, what chemical reaction is occurring and what he has learned. She then posts his video on Facebook. Not sure that he cares for that part.

The end result is that we are extremely pleased with what he is learning and the ease that this course has been. The video lecture is easy to understand. I have compared what he is learning with what might be on the science portion of an ACT test, and he will have no trouble passing the science portion of the ACT.

Thanks for a great product. We'll be ordering the physics for next year.

Tammy Olson said...

Thank you Judy! So happy for your success with the 101 series! What a wonderful team you all make! Good job Teacher/Grandma!

Catherine said...

We have been so pleased with both the Biology 101 series, and most recently the Chemesrry 101 series. I wanted to share that my 15 year old daughter said she finally understood some topics that her previous (college prep & very popular) science course had not been able to explain in a fruitful way. What a gift to not mearly score high in a course, but to really grasp and understand the concepts presented. We are anticipating viewing the Physics 101 in the near future, as it recently arrived! Thank you for the quality productions my entire student base can watch, for the additional resources in the accreditation section, and for opening up the window for my children to truly understand these challenging concepts. I am so excited for future productions and would purchase with great enthusiasm.

Amy White said...

Do you have any idea about how much I will spend getting supplies to do the labs in the chemistry 101 curriculum?

Tammy Olson said...

Hello Amy!
I do not know the cost, however, almost all of the items used in the experiments are common household items. Wes chose to design it this way so moms could afford to do them. If you cannot afford to purchase something a common household would not have, like neodymium magnets, perhaps you could go in together with a few other moms and share them, like some do with a microscope. Another option would be to observe a utube video instead of purchasing the item yourself. If you take the time to figure it out, please share! Thank you for your interest in The 101 Series!

Judy Vandiver said...

We used this course and most of the items were definitely around the house items. The occasional items we purchased were minimal. My grandson loved this course and said he wished we did more courses like this one. I did assign reports and some you-tube videos when I thought it was needed. Reporting back on experiments was part of the curriculum.

Tammy Olson said...

Thank you for sharing this information Judy!

Unknown said...

Is there somewhere that the lab procedures/steps are written out - either online or in the curriculum? Thanks.

Tammy Olson said...

Hello! And thank you for your question. All the labs are shown in the DVD so the student can watch and repeat. There is no step by step guide in writing at this time. In the Accreditation Booklet, we have included the digital video time so the student can watch again and again if needed.