It looks like a mess of random letters and numbers. Mendeleev’s table is actually one of the most important tools for understanding chemistry.
Let’s go through it piece by piece and soon enough you’ll not only understand how it works, you’ll be able to use it to figure out how and why elements interact to make the world you see around you.
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s interactive periodic table features history, alchemy, podcasts, videos, and data trends across the periodic table. Click the tabs at the top to explore each section. Use the buttons above to change your view of the periodic table and view Murray Robertson’s stunning Visual Elements artwork. Click each element to read detailed information.