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Periodic table memory pegs

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FULL DESCRIPTION | RELEASE NOTES | CONTRIBUTING Periodic table memory pegs features flashcards for all 118 elements of the periodic table, to help you memorize and associate name, atomic number, position in the table, and symbol of elements. Each element is associated with a picture, which is designed to remind you of the element's name, atomic number, and abbreviation. The cards in the deck will question you with one of the following: Picture, Name, Symbol, Number, or Position. The other side of the card will display all remaining data. There is also an explanation of how to use the pictures as memory pegs. Disabling the Position cards: Learning the position of elements in the table is very challenging. Users may want to disable the cards asking which element is at a given position in the table. Open Anki and go in the Card Browser/Card Navigator. Then search for `card:"Card 5"`, select all 118 cards, and suspend them. `Card 5` is the type of all cards asking for the position of elements. An example with fluorine: Front: Back: Contribute! The deck is maintained on GitHub. Suggestions are welcome: please open an issue whether it is to correct spelling, propose a redesign, or add a new memory peg. You can comment on this page, but be aware that I no not receive notifications from AnkiWeb. If you want to be notified when this deck is updated, you can subscribe to GitHub's atom feed for this project: maybe the easiest way to do so is use a atom-to-email service like feedrabbit. Wanted! Help for a redesign and user feedback. Currently, the cards displayed by this deck work on all devices (smartphone, tablets, computers) but may not look great on some of them. If you have web design (HTML and CSS) skills and want to contribute, help is warmly welcomed. Join us on GitHub!

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Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. If you'd like to customize what appears on the front and back of a card, you can do so by clicking the Edit button, and then clicking the Cards button.
Name Chromium
Number 24
Symbol Cr
Memory sentence Chrome-plated Creamer. 24-oz. pitcher of cream.
Tags group:6 period:4
Name Aluminum
Number 13
Symbol Al
Memory sentence Aluminum Ladder. Unlucky to walk under, and 13 is unlucky. Turquoise (blue-green) colored (turquoise is hydrated aluminum phosphate).
Tags group:13 period:3
Name Polonium
Number 84
Symbol Po
Memory sentence Polo Stick. 7 dozen (84) polo sticks.
Tags group:16 period:6

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chemistry is for noobs
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Very useful content.
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Assez pratique
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Hint are helpful
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I haven't even downloaded this deck but want to make a suggestion based on the negative reviews. The "Mnemonic major system" Wikipedia article explains how to link number pegs using a very widely used system for numbers, and it even has periodic table examples. It would be quite a big improvement to include those, giving the double benefit to all users of this deck that they would also gain a general purpose mnemonic peg system for numbers which is widely applicable outside of this specific use.

Coupled with the effort this author has gone to in making meaningful pictures of the elements that relate back to their nature, the weakness of the numerical linkages is easily fixed by relating those images to the already well established system for making numerical memory pegs. Just from reading the Wikipedia article I'm unlikely to forget the atomic number for Iodine because I already know that "Lime" can represent 53 in the major system and the image of it squirting in my eye is a particularly memorable one. Also, this has the benefit that I can recall the number 53s peg easily already so going backwards from number to element is quite easy too.

Just a suggestion. I'll be giving this deck a go myself but I'll be almost certainly using the major system for the numbers, hooking them onto the visual pegs this generous author has provided.
Comment from author
Hi, thank you for your comment and suggestions.

You are not the first person proposing alternative mnemonic systems. Shall you develop a "Mnemonic major system" for the periodic table, and shall you want to publish it for others to benefit, fell free to reach out if you need assistance. I will not rebrand this specific deck, but I would not mind helping you (or anyone else really) setup a new one.
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Amazing mnemonics.
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That's some good effort put into it!
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I really don't like to leave negative reviews like this, especially on things that had so much effort put into them, but I really have to be honest here. No offense to anybody who found this deck helpful, but . . . these mnemonics suck. Like, a lot. The vast majority of them. I'll give some examples to explain what I mean.

To memorize the atomic number of Protactinium, you are to imagine a protractor measuring 91 degrees. The problem with this is that "91" could just as easily be any other number. So when you are later in a situation outside of Anki where you are trying to recall the number of Protactinium, what will most likely happen is you will think of a protractor measuring an angle... but what angle was it? Since there's no particular connection between a protractor and "91", you won't know, unless you create yet another mnemonic to remember that it's 91, but then you'd have two mnemonics for one piece of information. And if you can in fact remember that it's 91 without creating a new mnemonic, then that means you are capable of remembering connections between numbers and concepts without mnemonics—in which case why use this deck at all?

This same issue comes up again and again. The mnemonic for Americium is an American flag costing 95 dollars. Well, if you can remember how much this imaginary flag costs, then why do you need a mnemonic to remember the atomic number of Americium in the first place? The whole reason you are using mnemonics in the first place is because it is very hard for the brain to make reliable connections between numbers, which are abstract, and other things. It defeats the whole purpose of a mnemonic when the mnemonic requires that you make such a connection in order for it to work!

And these examples are not unusual. The vast majority of these are this bad. The mnemonic for Manganese simply reads "Autumn Mangos. 25 of them," and there's a picture with a mango and the number 25 on it. The last two letters of "Autumn" are bolded to help you remember Manganese's symbol. But when you are in a situation outside of Anki where you are required to recall Manganese's number, what will most likely happen is you will think "okay, Manganese—that makes me think of mangoes. But how many were there?" Why would your brain remember how many there are? If it could do that without a mnemonic, then you wouldn't need this deck! And furthermore, how are you to remember that they are "Autumn" mangoes and not any other kind of mango? There is no particular connection I can think of between "Mango" and "Autumn," so how is my brain meant to get from the former to the latter?

Some more examples: for Selenium, imagine a solar cell leaning at a 34 degree angle; for Bromine, imagine a broom with 35 bristles; for Rubidium, imagine a 37-carat ruby; for Yttrium, imagine a Y-shaped tree with a "39" carved in it. I could go on and on. They are almost all like this. Why??

And it really doesn't matter that there are pictures provided. When you are in real life outside of Anki and someone asks you for the atomic number of Manganese, I highly doubt they are going to also hold up a picture of a mango with the number 25 stamped on it! So what good is it then to see the picture in Anki? And if your response is to say, "Because if you study the deck enough, your brain will eventually build up a connection between mangoes and the number 25 due to seeing that image of a mango with the number 25 on it over and over," then my response to that is, sure, maybe after seeing the image many, many, many times the particular combination of a mango and the number 25 might get indelibly burned into your brain—but, do you know what would help you make that connection far, far quicker? An actually good mnemonic.

I would explain how to make good mnemonics, but this review is almost at the word limit. So, just look up the "mnemonic major" and "peg words" systems and advice on making images memorable. Good luck!
Comment from author

Thanks for this long comment. I'm with you regarding the fact that some, maybe most, mnemonics are not great. They do not make sense intuitively, and you have to study a lot to memorize. Still, for the record, I will say that you picked bad ones to make a point. There are some which are very helpful the first time you see them (I can name from the top of my head Fluorine, Aluminum, Tellurium, Einsteinium, Nobelium, Rutherfordium).

Thing is, I used this technique to learn the entire periodic table in three to four months. You claim "[you will try to] recall the number of Protactinium, what will most likely happen is you will think of a protractor measuring an angle... but what angle was it?", I can tell you that this does not happen to me. I made the connection from Protactinium to 91 and I do not think of the protractor anymore.

Finally, you ask for actually good mnemonics based on anther system. I am fully open to proposals. The deck is shared here, and open-sourced on GitHub. You can download it, modify what you want, and share it! I would love to assist such an initiative, so feel free to reach out.
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great, thank you!!!
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Fantastic drawings, content, pneumonics! Love it
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This was great😂
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Gracias me ayudo mucho
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Pretty interesting deck! If only it had (even TTS-generated) audio for the element names!
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Amazingly effective deck.
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Yes it WORKS, Never wondered I could learn the Periodic table but yes this deck makes it possible. THANK YOU.
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Perfect deck
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Fantastic for getting to know the world.
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Well designed
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Exceptional effort!!
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I love this deck! The memory pegs are very creative and helpful. I've just finished memorizing all of the elements, up to 113. Now I'm going to try to make my own cards to fill in the missing elements.
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Love it!!!! one of the best decks, the memory images is a gold mine, thanks a lot for the author of this
I did my own deck for this, but now switched to this one, huge thanks!
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I have been using for the last three months and it is just awesome! Thanks for the help, man!
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Filled with really complicated arguments that I can sort of see the logic in, but which does not emphasise the already existing structure in the periodic table. I would rather remember them for where they are placed in the table, how they are structured, which number they have etc.
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Great source of revision and covers all points
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Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! This is so brilliant, and I'm literally mind-blown. I love it so freaking much. All of the memory pegs make it so much easier to remember it and the clues are all so so nice and it connects EVERYTHING. The colour and number on the picture and all of the fascinating facts make memorising the periodic table (which is generally boring af) into something fun! I'm impressed as to how much effort must've gone into it, and I really really recommend it to everyone asf. Thank you so so so much for being such a life-saver, may God bless you and may you be blessed with every little bit of happiness and success for saving the lives of all us poor students. Thanks so much for sharing it!!!
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Excellent Pictures, very detailed. Appreciate the effort.
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Helpful for my course
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Very fine system!
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First deck I've used, I love it
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Really good deck, very useful if you want to master the periodic table.

My only criticism is that it should have tags, for rows, columns and groups of 10 to make it easier to learn. Sometimes I just want to learn 10-20 for example, or the “Halogen” group.
Comment from author
Hello! Thank you for your feedback. Tags have been added in the latest version today (v2.4.0), so it is now possible to filter based on rows and columns.
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Muy bien estructurada
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What an amazing deck!
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Incredible deck. It's hard at first, but then suddenly it all clicked. This one works very well.
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I really like this deck, and the idea behind it, and many of these pegs are absolutely brilliant. I love the ones where the numbers are really integral to the image chosen, like the 76 for the ostrich, or even something relatively simple like the chicken's feet in ruthenium (44). However, there are also a lot of images that do not help me much in remembering which number it is, as the only downvoting reviewer so far pointed out. I never remember that xenon is 54, for example, because the channel might as well have had a different number. I never even saw Xena, nor do I really know what pepto bismol is or a Westinghouse light bulb. For some images, the numbers are hidden in the image in a way that they might have been almost any other number (like 96 for californium or 68 for erbium). So I do wish more could have the level of genius of ostrich or even something like the Spanish galleon for gallium (three masts that look (sorta) like 1s is good enough for me), and could be as generally familiar as an ostrich or a box of matches. But overall, I still really like this deck. Thank you!
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A beautiful and carefully planned way to memorise periodic table
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This looks great. I'll try to contribute.
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Excellent work man. It has very slight issues as people have already noted, but a 95% of it is flawless. Excellent work. Great use as a template and works well if you just want to memorize all elements regardless of order or with order.
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Definitely a great deck. There are a couple of things I would change like the name Hahnium for 105 was actually a rejected named and it's named Dubnium, (however, this one exception and error helped me to remember this fact about element 105). I personally added my own cards for all the elements up to 118 in order to complete the table but the memory pegs in this deck are for the most part better than what I come up with and the deck includes any element that you would ever use in a Chemistry class.
Comment from author
Hey! Thanks for the comment.

In the most up-to-date version of the deck (that you should be able to download on this page), element 105 is correctly named Dubnium, with a matching sentence and image!

Would you mind sharing ideas for the elements missing here? I have the deck hosted on GitHub, contributions are welcome. If you don't feel like opening a GitHub account, you'll find an email address on my profile there.


Thank you!
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It's great
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Love this deck! I'm learning this information much faster than any deck I have tried to create before! Thank you for making it!
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The cheesy 8-bit (element) pegs work really well. One of the simplest, and most effective decks I've come across. Thx for putting this out there.
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Looks good, I'll give it a try!
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This is one of the best decks I have downloaded. It is well-structured, but what sets it apart is the memory clues that the author has created for all the 108 elements included. Every clue is also illustrated with a picture that will support your learning and make it more effective.

In general, those clues and pictures are great when it comes to remembering the names of the elements, while they are not so good when it comes to the numbers. A typical example would be element number 62, samarium. The memory clue here is a samurai sword that has been used for 62 generations. While the sword gives a fast and easy clue to remember samarium, there is really no way to picture that it has been used for 62 generations. You'll just have to remember that the same way you would without a clue. Most notes suffer from this problem, even though there are a number of really good exceptions.

In retrospect, my advice would be to use a memory palace to remember the numbers. If you don't know what that is, google it. There's probably no better way to remember things that come in a numerical order.

This is not meant as criticism of the deck. Creating good image clues for 108 numbers would be almost impossible. And if you use a memory palace you would probably use the authors great pictures to represent the elements, which is a help that few other decks gives you.
Comment from author
Hey! I fully agree with what you say: indeed not all clues are perfect. Samarium (62) is a good example of a questionable clue, and I often confuse it with Terbium nearby (65) whose clue isn't ideal either.

In my opinion though, it's important to avoid learning the table in numerical order. When challenged about element 35, I don't want to recite the whole sequence.

Anyway, thank you for the feedback! I'm very happy to know the deck is useful ; if your technique differs I'm fine with it! You can certainly configure Anki to present the cards in numerical order if that's what works for you!
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This will be helpful, thank you for you efforts, much appreciated!
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Its great, thank you very much for sharing!
Only thing is, when using nightmode, it is almost impossible to see anything. Maybe it needs some updates regarding the background color matching :)
Comment from author

Night mode has been implemented and released today (20th March 2020) thanks to a contributor on GitHub. You can download and update the deck and test is with Anki version 2.1.20 or above!
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Good deck with nice memo sentences and images. Must have been a lot of work to make it.

However, Dubnium (Db, 105) is incorrectly named Hahnium (Ha, 105) and elements above 105 are missing.
Comment from author
Please see the issue and update note with regards to element 105 in the deck: https://github.com/remiberthoz/anki-periodic-table-memory-pegs/issues/1


Depending on when you downloaded the deck, you may need to manually remove the cards with Note ID 1484952780480. This cards are duplicates for Dubnium cards; so you will find them near Element 105 in the Anki cards browser. To see the Note ID of a card in the browser, right-click on a card and select Info.
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Great desk I memorized full table wow
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This is a great start as a template, but it is too focused on American culture (uses US customary units) and references to products only found in US.

Also, the memory hints contain false information. For instance, that TV tubes are filled with Xenon.

Finally some numbers are really vague. For instance, Iodine costs 53 cents or a praying mantis eats 59 bugs.

Had to redo most of the texts and pics to remove inaccurate information and US-centric references.

Works great if you treat it as a template.
Comment from author
I'm aware of this and would love to update the pack with additional, better, hints. If you would like to contribute to the deck, please share your modifications on GitHub: https://github.com/remiberthoz/anki-periodic-table-memory-pegs !
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Absolutely amazing
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The correct way of learning, associate and use as many senses as possible. Like for Na I try to feel the saltiness of the crackers too. This deck is amazing, thank you for sharing this :)
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Fantastic deck! However there's a big issue: the lower rows (58-71 and 90-103) have the wrong positioning, according to your [original source](http://www.johnpratt.com/atomic/periodic.html) and [wikipedia's periodic table](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_table#/media/File:Simple_Periodic_Table_Chart-en.svg). Lanthanum should be inline with Yttrium but instead you have Lutetium in it's place. Same for Actinium. Have I missed something to explain why this is the case?

I think these sorts of issues, along with minor spelling mistakes, and the changing nature of science, could be fixed by hosting this deck on Github in the same way that the [Ultimate Geography deck](https://github.com/axelboc/anki-ultimate-geography) does so. Then when mistakes are fixed (by the community) the cards are simply rebuilt, with the same card ids, and reimported as an update which keeps users progress. I'm willing to create the repo and get things started, let me know what you think by email: ohare93 @ gmail.com
Comment from author

Regarding the lower rows, I decided to alter the original presentation because the IUPAC has not decided which elements constitute group 3 of the Periodic Table [1] and I personally like this presentation more. But I am open to discuss this!

Regarding the Github project idea: I opened a repo with the basic constituents of the deck [2]. Feel free to submit a pull-request there! I will try to adapt it to the layout you suggested during the coming week!


[1] https://iupac.org/projects/project-details/?project_nr=2015-039-2-200
[2] https://github.com/remiberthoz/anki-periodic-table-memory-pegs
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Nice work. I wonder why hahnium is the only element that was not present in the original work of John P Pratt
Comment from author
I believe Hahnium used to be present is the original source. But it has been removed since, probably because its name has been deprecated by IUPAC. Thanks.
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Hey, you have an outdated name for 105. It says Hahnium, but it's now called Dubnium (Db).

Also, it'd be cool to have till 108 now that they have official names.
Comment from author
Thanks! I knew Hahnium had been changed to Dubnium, but I chose to let it because I was not willing to alter the original author's memory pegs. I will submit an update to this package soon, but I need help finding ideas for the newly named elements. Fell free to comment here or submit an issue on github to the newly created repo for this deck: https://github.com/remiberthoz/anki-periodic-table-memory-pegs

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At first I was quite skeptical that this would be of use (why bother learning a picture, won't that just be one more thing to struggle to remember?) but as I used this deck I became a believer. This is very well done. Wish it continued past element 104!
Comment from author
I will submit an update to this package soon, but I need help finding ideas for the newly named elements. Fell free to comment here or submit an issue on github to the newly created repo for this deck: https://github.com/remiberthoz/anki-periodic-table-memory-pegs

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For night mode comment out color: under .box_text { and .box_text h2 { in the css. I prefer mnemonics on the back side instead of on their own cards, so I suspended card:1
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Simply outstanding
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love it
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it's awesome
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Very useful and funny! The notes and pictures are awesome!
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Good Work
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memory pegs on flashcards. more please!
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Amazing deck, thanks for sharing!
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Fun Chemistry!

The deck is absolutely hilarious and adorable, making the dull job of learning the periodic table more enjoyable than expected. You know how an interesting story could stuck in your head with you forever, way better than a dry fact could? Try learning this deck.
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