There are quite a few mnemonics out there for remembering the periodic table (see below), but here is ours. Main features of this are (1) It does not require any filler words, (2) The first two letters of the word (and sometimes more) are generally consistent with either the symbol or the name of the element. The general theme is one of a car crash-test gone comically wrong.
Ne: nearby. (Pause for noble gas!)
Ar: area. (Health and safety rules.) (Pause for noble gas!)
V: vandals. (The test scientists are all running away in panic, unfortunately breaking the cables that were recording the crash. Thereafter things quieten down and the tidy-up starts.)
Co: cobbers. (The cobbers are the crash-test dummies. They are extracted and taken away.)
Kr: krypton. (A bird is picking through the wreckage looking for super-powers that will help it fly better – gallinules are not great fliers!) (Pause for noble gas!)
That’s all for now!
Try these other mnemonics:
- Tom Lehrer – The Elements song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM
- The NEW Periodic Table Song (In Order) (physicsforme.wordpress.com)
Update 29/11/2013: We created this mnemonic to help remember the order of things during a bigger task, which is to explain the Table of Nuclides (isotopes). You can see the results of this in the following journal paper (open access): Explanation of the Table of Nuclides: Qualitative nuclear mechanics from a NLHV design. Applied Physics Research, 2013, 5(6), 145-174. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/apr.v5n6p145