Periodic Table Quizzes & Trivia

You may remember the Periodic Table of the Elements as a dreary chart on your classroom wall. If so, you never guessed its real purpose: it’s a giant cheat sheet. The table has served chemistry students since 1869, when it was created by Dmitry Mendeleyev, a cranky professor at the University of St. Petersburg. With a publisher’s deadline looming, Mendeleyev didn’t have time to describe all 63 then-known elements.

So he turned to a data set of atomic weights meticulously gathered by others. Fond of card games, he sorted these elements as in solitaire. If you are fond of this old friend, take these quizzes and answer to: “What element is named after Copenhagen?”, “What element is found in diamonds?”, and “What was the first element to be produced artificially?”

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This quiz is made up of 22 multiple choice questions and 1 fills in the blank question. All questions are related to the periodic table.

Questions: 22  |  Attempts: 10833   |  Last updated: Jul 31, 2020
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    How many element groups are there?

This quiz focuses on some major characteristics of the elements in the periodic table, such as groups, metals, nonmetals, metalloids, etc. This quiz consists of 10 questions to test your basic knowledge of the Periodic Table; you...

Questions: 10  |  Attempts: 12690   |  Last updated: Nov 5, 2020
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    The ability to pound metal into a flat sheet without breaking it is:

The periodic table consists of elements, such as hydrogen, silicon, iron, and uranium. The number of each component corresponds to the number of protons in its nucleus. The three main parts of the periodic table include metals,...

Questions: 15  |  Attempts: 9146   |  Last updated: Feb 12, 2021
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    Which side (left or right) of the periodic table are the metals?

The periodic table is a collection of elements which classifies in a way that will help us to better understand chemical reactions. There is no chance that anyone who has undertaken chemistry can pass without understanding it....

Questions: 14  |  Attempts: 4979   |  Last updated: Jan 8, 2021
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    What is Ar the symbol for?

Questions: 15  |  Attempts: 5398   |  Last updated: Dec 12, 2019
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    Which of the following is not true for metalloids?

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Periodic Table Questions & Answers

What do all elements in the periodic table have in common?
All of the elements of the periodic table have the same numbers of atomic orbitals. The elements in each group have the same number of electrons in each outer orbital. Each element is placed in a specific location because of its atomic structure. Eac
What is the symbol for Potassium?
Potassium is known to be a chemical element that has the symbol K. This element has a chemical number of 19. There are a lot of people who do not realize just how important potassium ions are. There are potassium ions that are very important for the
How many grams of isotope nitrogen-13 will be left after 20 minutes if you start with a mass of 40 gms (half life = 10 minutes)?
If you start with a mass of 40 grams of isotope nitrogen-13 (half-life = 10 minutes), after 20 minutes there will be 10 grams left. Nitrogen present naturally is made up of nitrogen 15 (the least common) and nitrogen 14 (the most common) which are ve
Which option is applicable to complete the following sentence?
The correct answer to this question is C. As you move down an element group (column), the size of atoms increases. This is because each atom further down the column has more protons and neutrons and also gains an additional electron energy shell. Ad
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