To succeed in this topic, you need to:
• Be familiar with the definition and occurrence of the elements.
• Be familiar with the Periodic Table and the basic trends and patterns of the elements’ arrangement in the Periodic Table.
• Be familiar with differences in the reactivity of the elements, e.g. the reactivity series.

After working through this Chemistry Factsheet, you will:

• Be aware of the progress made in practical methods for isolating and extracting elements from different sources, e.g. ores, gemstones, air.
• Be aware that the ability to discover new elements depended on the development of new chemical ideas and practical procedures, e.g. electricity and electrolysis.

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January 2019


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