December 7, 2020

Naming the Elements

Periodic table of chemicals lays the known elements according to cyclic properties of elements in groups and rows. for example, alkali metals group form alkaline solutions when they are put in the water. Only the reaction rates are different. Atoms have been named based on various ways like geographical regions, mythology characters and names of scientists and countries. Atoms that have the same name have a similar appearance and similar habits. There are approximately 90 naturally occurring families of atoms. Their names have very different roots, such as: Named after geographical regions Europium Francium Polonium Germanium Hafnium Names from mythology:… Read More »Naming the Elements

Return to the land of my youth

It is the beginning of October. In a few days, the winter season will begin. Presently it is quite hot in the day. Here in Panchkula which is very near to Chandigarh, rains have almost vanished. Once upon a time not so long ago, it was an agricultural area irrigated by five streams or Kul as they are called in the local parlance. The name of the place is the combination of two words namely Panch (five) and Kula (streams). The land was very fertile. The system of the irrigation was an ingenious community exercise. These streams issued from the… Read More »Return to the land of my youth