Chemistry (NTSE/Olympiad)  

3. Atoms & Molecules

Symbols of elements

In order to represent the elements, instead of using full lengthy names, scientists use abbreviated names. These abbreviated names of the elements are known as symbols. Thus, symbol may be defined as the abbreviation used for the name of an elements.
Dalton’s symbols of elements
Dalton was the first scientist to use the symbols to represent elements in a short way.

Dalton’s symbols for elements were difficult to draw and inconvenient to use. So, Dalton’s symbols are only of historical importance. They are not used at all.


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