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Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:23 by

acr-

acr- sounds like or suggests actor

Imagine an actor holding a gigantic sharpener made of butter!

English Examples:

acrid, acrimonious, acrimony

 

sharp, bitter  


Why Study the Periodic Table? Published on June 23, 2021 12:23 by



Why Study the Periodic Table?

Chances are at some point you'll be asked to learn the periodic table. For many, this may seem like a tedious exercise. If you've studied chemistry for any amount of time, you know that the periodic table is important, but how often will you really use it? Why would it be important to learn the table well enough that it is committed to memory? That level of study requires time and effort, so it makes sense to ask those questions prior to spending the time needed to have it in your head.

The importance of the periodic table:

If you're taking chemistry at any level, you'll use the periodic table all the time. Having it committed to memory will help you in all aspects of your chemistry courses. The table is more than just a piece of paper with elements and atomic numbers to memorize; it's a chart of the building blocks of creation. Everything in the universe is made up of the elements on the table. It is your complete map of the composition of all that is. The periodic table names each element, and gives its elemental symbol, atomic number and weight. The elements are listed in order of their atomic number and are divided according to metals and non-metals. Metals can further be categorized into alkali, alkaline, lanthanoids, actinoids, transition metals, post transition metals, and metalloids. Non-metals are categorized as noble gases and other non-metals. Therefore, the table gives you a quick snapshot of every element that composes the universe and some basic understanding of that element's nature.

How will you use the table?

One way in which you will use the periodic table is to analyze trends in the elements on the table. The table itself is organized in a way that it shows trends in a variety of properties. These properties are:

  • Atomic Radius – ½ the distance between the nuclei of two adjacent atoms
  • Ionization Energy – the amount of energy needed to cause an electron to be removed from an atom while in the gas phase
  • Electron Affinity – An atom's ability to take in an electron
  • Electronegativity – An atom's ability to form a bond

When you move left to right across the rows of the periodic table, you find that the atomic radius decreases while the rest of these properties decrease. When moving from top to bottom down a column of the periodic table, the opposite is true: The atomic radius increases while the rest of the properties decrease.

This information is useful to you in all sorts of chemical problems you will encounter during your classes. The table can help you predict the properties of elements based on where they are in the table. It is organized in such a way that elements with similar characteristics are grouped together. Having this information in your head can help you immediately identify the chemical properties of any of the elements. It can also help you more quickly and accurately balance chemical equations – something you'll be doing a lot of in your studies.

In short, the information on the periodic table is something you need to know and understand in a variety of circumstances. Knowing this information without having to look it up all the time can give you an advantage when taking tests, working in the lab with chemical compounds, or solving complex chemical equations. Besides, memorizing the table is an exercise that will further familiarize you with the subject matter, enabling you to be a better student. You'll be able to recollect information that others will have to look up, and you are more likely to immediately recall facts about each element that others will not immediately remember.

 


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:23 by

sed- sounds like or suggests sedative

Imagine a sedative that forces you to sit down!

The sedative that forces you to sit down will help you remember that sed- means: sit

English Examples:

sedentary, sediment, sedate

sit


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:23 by

cap-

cap- sounds like or suggests cap

Imagine a cap with a seesaw on it!

The cap with a seesaw on it will help you remember that cap- means: seize (take)

 

English Examples:

capture, captive, captor, captivate

 

seize (take)


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

arch-

arch- sounds like or suggests arch

Imagine an arch with a fire chief and a principal on top of it!

The arch with a fire chief and a principal on top of it will help you remember that arch- means: chief, principal

 

English Examples:

archduke, archenemy, archangel, archbishop

chief, principal


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

vibr-

vibr- sounds like or suggests vibrator (jack hammer)

Imagine a vibrator (jack hammer) being used to make milkshakes!

The vibrator (jack hammer) making milkshakes will help you remember that vibr- means:  shake

 

English Examples:

vibrate, vibrator, vibration, vibratory

 

shake


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

spir-

spir- sounds like or suggests spur.

Imagine a spur that can take breaths!

The spur that can take breaths will help you remember that spir- means

breath!

 

English Examples:

aspire, conspire, expire, inspire, expiration, spirit

 

breath


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

mal-

mal- sounds like or suggests mall.

Imagine a mall with badminton racquets doing all the shopping!

The mall with the badminton racquets doing the shopping will help you remember that

mal- means:  bad

 

English Examples:

malcontent, malfeasance, malicious, malign,

 

bad


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

luc-

luc- sounds like or suggests loose leaf (notebook).

Imagine a loose leaf (notebook) with a light shining through it!

The loose leaf (notebook) with the light shining through it will help you remember that

luc- means:  light

 

English Examples:

elucidate, lucid, translucid

 

light


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sen-

sen- sounds like or suggests senator.

Imagine a senator as the oldest man in the world!

The senator as the oldest man in the world will help you remember that sen- means:  old

 

English Examples:

senility, senior, seniority, senile

 

old


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

liber-

liber- sounds like or suggests Liberty Bell.

Imagine the Liberty Bell with a freezer inside it!

The Liberty Bell with a freezer inside it will help you remember that liber- means:  free

 

English Examples:

liberate, liberation, liberty, liberal, liberator

 

free


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

nat-

nat- sounds like or suggests gnat.

Imagine a gnat riding on a new chair!

The gnat riding on a new chair will help you remember that nat- means:  nature

 

English Examples:

innate, natal, native, natural, naturopath, naturopathy

 

nature


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

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neo-

neo- sounds like or suggests, neon (sign).

 

Imagine a neon sign that forms the word, “NEW”.

 

The neon sign forming the word, “NEW” will help your remember that

neo- means: new

 

English examples:

neoclassic, neocolonialism, neologism, neonatal, neophyte

 

new

 

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Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

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 brev-, bri-

brev-, bri- sounds like or suggests briefcase.

Imagine a briefcase with a pair of shorts on it!

 

The briefcase with the shorts on it will help you remember

that brev-, bri- means: short

English examples:

Brevity, abbreviate, brief, abridge, abridgement

Short

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Peterson's joins the National Consortium for Health Science Education Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

See the attached Press Release announcing Peterson's membership in the National Consortium for Science Education's Publishers Coalition.  

http://www.prweb.com/releases/petersons/nchse/prweb14101653.htm


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by



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pan-        

pan- sounds like or suggests pan.

Imagine a pan with a gigantic almond in it!

 

The pan with the almond in it will help you remember

 that pan- means: all.

English examples:

panacea, Pan American, panorama, pandemic, pandemonium

all

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Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

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pseudo-

pseudo- sounds like or suggests suit

Imagine a suit with a falls (water falls) bursting out of it!

 

 

 

 The suit with the falls bursting out of it will help you remember that

pseudo- means: false.

English examples:

pseudonym, pseudopregnancy, pseudoscience

false

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Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

oct-

oct- sounds like or suggests octopus

Imagine an octopus with all of its arms around a huge eight ball!

The octopus with its arms around an eight ball will help you remember that octo- means: eight.

 

English Examples:

octagon, octangular, octagonal, octave, octogenarian

 

eight


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

meter-

meter- sounds like or suggests meter (parking meter)

Imagine a meter (parking meter) with a measuring cup on it!

The meter (parking meter) with a measuring cup on it will help you remember that meter-means: measure

 

English Examples:

altimeter, barometer, kilometer, odometer, pedometer, thermometer

 

measure


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

fortu- sounds like or suggests fortune cookie

Imagine a fortune cookie with a lucky charm bursting out of it!

The fortune cookie with the lucky charm bursting out of it will help you remember that fortu- means: luck

 

English Examples:

fortune, fortuitous, fortunate

 

luck


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

para-                                           

para- sounds like or suggests parachute

Imagine that parachutes always open beside each other

The parachutes that always open beside each other will help you remember that para- means: beside

English Examples:

paragon, paralanguage, paramilitary, paralegal, paraphrase

 

beside


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

pedo-

pedo- sounds like or suggests pedal

Imagine a pedal with a child playing on it!

 

The pedal with a child playing on it will help you remember that ped- means: child

 

English Examples:

pedophile, pediatrician, pediatrics

 

child


Word of the Week Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

par-

par- sounds like or suggests parfait

Imagine a parfait with an equal sign in it!

The parfait with an equal sign on it will help you remember that par- means: equal

 

English Examples:

disparage, disparity, parity

equal


Simple Tricks for Remembering People's Names Published on June 23, 2021 12:22 by

Remembering people's names can be a lot harder to do than you think, especially if you are starting a new job, for example, and meeting a large number of people in a short amount of time. In order to improve your memory, keep these tips in mind and never forget a name again.

 

Make a Conscious Decision to Remember Names

When you make a conscious decision and a commitment to remember a person's name before being introduced to them, this can help your memory tenfold. Tell yourself that you can remember people's names each and every time the opportunity presents itself. Be mindful of your commitment to create a good memory.

Face Association

When you are first introduced to someone, examine their face for memorable features. Do they have a unique smile? What color of eyes do they have? Does any particular feature remind you of somebody that you know? Get a clear detailed impression of the person.

Associate the things you remember about that person's face with their name in your mind so that you establish a link between the name and the face. Doing this will help you remember those you meet with ease.

Repetition

After you are introduced to someone, ask them to repeat their name to you again, especially if you were unsure how they pronounced it or aren't sure what they said. Don't just stand there and nod your head if you are unsure of their name at first introduction.

Also, repeat their name to yourself a couple of times. You don't have to do this audibly, but it can help to ensure you remember the name if you say it out loud. Also, use their name naturally in conversation a few times, but don't overdo it.

Ask for the Spelling

If you feel embarrassed to ask them to repeat their name, try asking them to spell it for you. Especially if the name can have many different spellings, knowing how to spell their name will help you remember it in the long run.

Write it Down

After you meet someone, write their name down on a sticky note or notebook. Even if you don't go back and look at the name again, studies have shown that you are more likely to remember things when you write them down. Just like taking handwritten notes as opposed to taking notes on a computer, your brain will be more effective in learning and memory.

Speak up

If all else fails and you still can't remember someone's name, speak up, and ask them. It may be embarrassing, but asking them what their name is, even if you have to do it multiple times, will be a lot less embarrassing than calling them by a different name.

By following these simple steps, you can improve your name recall memory quickly and easily. If you want more memory improvement, the Dean Vaughn Memory System is remarkable in its ability to quickly memorize and remember information, and can also improve your name recall memory.


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