What Are All The Elements In The Periodic Table Really Used For?

There are some pretty strange elements on the periodic table. What are the weirdest ones really used for?

The periodic table has 118 elements. While pretty much everyone knows that calcium is found in bones, helium makes balloons float, and hydrogen and oxygen are found in water, what is the purpose for some of the lesser-known ones?

Anyone know what to do with molybdenum, antimony, or gallium?

An interactive creation by Keith Enevoldsenhat displays the periodic table in a fun and exciting way. The everyday applications of all the known elements are shown, except for the superheavy elements, for a couple of reasons: 1) they are short-lived, 2) they don’t exist in nature,  and 3) are only really used in atomic research.

For example, let’s look at strontium. This alkali Earth metal (similar to calcium or magnesium) is a common ingredient found in red fireworks and emergency flares. It can also be used in clear batteries and medical diagnostic tracers.

If you’re looking for a useful teaching tool, there is also a downloadable PDF of the table. On the plus side, it’s not too overwhelming for children to understand, and it still contains all the important information they’ll want to know. And just like the good ol’ days of chemistry class, you can buy one to hang on your wall from one of these online stores.

Head over to Enevoldsen’s website elements.wlonk.com for the full interactive map. Here’s a small sneak preview of it:


By Raven Fon