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Here is a mnemonic for learning the first 20 elements of the Periodic Table, courtesy of a student of Mr John Turner who still remembered it after 40 years!

 

Periodic table mnemonic
1  Happy Hydrogen 1     H
2  Harry  Helium 2     He
3  listens  Lithium 2 1   Li
4  B  Beryllium 2 2   Ba
5  B  Boron 2 3   B
6  C  Carbon 2 4   C
7  network  Nitrogen 2 5   N
8  over  Oxygen 2 6   O
9  France  Fluorine 2 7   F
10  nevertheless  Neon 2 8   Ne
11  nothing  Sodim 2 8   Na
12  more  Magnesium 2 8 1 Mg
13  arose  Aluminum 2 8 2 Al
14  so  Silicon 2 8 3 Si
15  Peter  Phosphorus 2 8 4 P
16  stopped  Sulfur 2 8 5 S
17  cleaning  Chlorine 2 8 6 Cl
18  airgun  Argon 2 8 7 Ar
19  K  Potassium 2 8 8 K
20  Ca  Calcium 2 8 8 Ca

 

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