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Elements of the Periodic Table

Updated Monday, 1 February 2021
Explore the impact of chemical elements on our bodies, our world, and see how they changed the course of history

This content is associated with The Open University's Questions in science module.

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By clicking on the image above, you'll be able to explore:

  • The history of the Periodic Table in just 2 minutes
  • How certain elements changed the course of history
  • How the different parts of our planet are made up of the same elemental building blocks
  • Where different elements occur, and what places they get their names from
  • Which elements make up the human body
  • The elements that are vital, and dangerous, to human life
  • How an element's atomic structure determines the shape of the table

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