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Abstract Volume 8 Issue 6 (2003) pp 389-392

Stretching the Periodic Table

B. J. Yoblinski

Department of Chemistry, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608,
Received September 15, 2003. Accepted October 2, 2003

Published online: 13 November 2003

Abstract. Our student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society recently constructed an extended (or long) version of the periodic table on a large empty wall in the department. The f-block elements were incorporated into their “rightful place,” giving rise to an “atomically correct” periodic table. The completed periodic table required over 2 academic years of work and is nearly 27-feet-long and almost 9-feet-tall. Planning, logistics, and procedures as well as pitfalls to be avoided are described in detail in an attempt to give direction and spur other such student-centered clubs to pursue similar projects.

Key Words: Of Special Interest;  general chemistry, chemistry clubs

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Issue date: December 1, 2003

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