Periodic Table

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The Periodic Table is a chart featuring all the elements. It was put together by Dmitri Mendeleev. He set up the chart by organizing the elements according to the physical and chemical properties they have in common, Each grouping is arranged starting with those with the lowest atomic number and moving along in order of these atomic numbers. The groups are numbered from one to eight in Roman numerals (I-VIII). Each group is split into two subgroups called families. These families are called the a series and the b series.

All the elements in the same group are similar chemically. They have the same number of valence electrons. Valence is the ability of different atoms to form chemical bonds based on the number of electrons an atom gives up or takes on when forming chemical bonds. This allows combinations of atoms to form compounds.

Atoms that form one chemical bond are called monovalent, those that form two chemical bonds are called divalent, those that form three chemical bonds are called trivalent and those that form four chemical bonds are called tetravalent.

The rows going across the Periodic Table contain elements with the same number of electron shells. These rows are called periods.

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