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# Periodic Table: Groups and Periods

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## Description

• given an element, produce the element below
• given an element, produce the element above
• given an element, produce the element to the left
• given an element, produce the element to the right
This works even better than a linked list, since now we have four functions that reinforce themselves. If you forget what element comes after Silicon, for instance, you might be able to trace your way around it: Carbon is above Silicon, Nitrogen comes after Carbon, and Phosphorus is beneath Nitrogen, so the answer must be Phosphorus. So in short, we're going to be learning how to visualize the table. The four functions above are stored within the flashcard deck here. It represents functions using cloze completions of elements as they would appear in the periodic table. This way, you can learn the periodic table using a combination of visual and textual cues, picking whichever cues you prefer to focus on, or leveraging both. Elements are depicted using html to maximize portability: unlike other decks that contain images, this deck will render correctly if you take it to another computer using Anki's sync functionality. The cards look something like this: In Night mode, they look something like this: I recommend you learn the "Groups and Periods" deck in order. I've ordered the deck roughly by how frequent the elements occur in the universe, so the first things you remember should be the most applicable to real life. This way, if you get bored and don't want to learn the deck anymore you've still maximized the time you've spent on it. Atomic Numbers and Symbols You might also be wondering what to do if you want to learn atomic numbers or symbols. I've created separate decks, "numbers.csv" and "symbols.csv", that store additional functions:
• given an element, produce the element's symbol
• given a symbol, produce the element
• given an atomic number, produce the corresponding element
• given an element, produce its atomic number
So all told, our commutative diagram looks something like this: I recommend studying these at the same time you're going through the "Groups and Periods" deck, and tweak the "New cards/day" setting for these decks to be half that of the "Groups and Periods" deck. This way their content will keep sync as long as you do all of them each day. Atomic Weights Lastly, I don't have a deck for atomic weights, nor any other atomic properties, since these were never something I wanted to focus on. Atomic weights are much harder to remember, they are much less useful, and if pressed they can always be approximated by multiplying atomic number by two. I'm really hesitant to create a new deck for atomic weights, since I'm worried that inexperienced users will try to go through it anyway and will burn out before completing the decks, having learned much less in the process. Fortunately though, I've uploaded all the script files I used to the github project, so enterprising Anki users can still create these decks if they want to.

## Sample (from 403 notes)

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 Text Co cobalt{{c1::Rh }}{{c1::rhodium}} Back Extra Tags
 Text Tm thulium{{c1::Md }}{{c1::mendelevium}} Back Extra Tags
 Text S sulfur{{c1::Cl }}{{c1::chlorine}} Back Extra Tags

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## Reviews

on 1637923059
Great minimalistic deck.
I have been slow-studying it on minimum amount new cards from August and I can write the periodic system with 5th period(missing Tc and Cd; I am on "New#154").
I have supplemented the deck with writing the periodic system out every other day in November.

Can't wait to start other decks by the author.
on 1629003260
Very high quality deck that everyone should know about. Really nice work!