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Sir Humphrey Davy discovered Sodium in 1807. Its name originates form the word “soda” (Bentor, n.d.). The symbol comes from the word Natrium (Latin) for Sodium Carbonate (Anderson, n.d.). Sodium is used in medicine and agriculture (Bentor, n.d.). We find sodium in table salts and other foods (Bentor, n.d.). 


Here a is a short video that quickly goes over the elements and where their names came from. It has quite a catchy rhythm 


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Its discoverer and discovery date is unknown. Ferrum is Latin for iron/ sword (Anderson, n.d.). The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “iren” (Iron Element Facts, n.d.). Iron is acquired from iron ores and is found in hemoglobin (carries Oin the blood) and in steel (Bentor, n.d.). 


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Its discoverer is unknown and discovery date goes back to ancient times. The name we use for this element comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for the metal, “lead” (Lead Element Facts, n.d.). Plumbum is Latin word for heavy (Anderson, n.d.). Historically it was used in plumbing (Lead Element Facts). It is commonly used in batteries, shields that protect against radiation, and solder (Bentor, n.d.). Lead is obtained from Galena (Bentor, n.d.). 

The following video is a tool to help beginners in chemistry to remember the symbols for some common elements. Being able to make connections/ a story out of materials helps students memorize certain facts. 


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Newman, D. (October 11, 2011). The Funny Symbol Elements (A story in rhyme). Youtube. Retrieved from