Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Name That Element!

Name That Element

It’s nice to know that a PhD in science is good for something .. what was your score?


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    December 2, 2008

    Only 87%. Sb threw me, as I couldn’t find blogerium on the list.

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    December 2, 2008

    heh. that was my first thought when i saw that, too!

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    December 2, 2008
  4. #4 6EQUJ5
    December 2, 2008

    Does everyone get the same test? I knew a little of the history of names, so I wasn’t thrown by kalium, stibnium, stannum, ferrum, or aurum.

  5. #5 Trin Tragula
    December 2, 2008

    Elements by Tom Lehrer

  6. #6 Jérôme ^
    December 2, 2008

    And when you are a native Romance language-speaker, it’s even easier 😉

    I’m wondering though, about the color quiz (on same page). Is there a preferred region in the RGB cube for errors? (And by the way, how are the named colors distributed in the RGB cube?)

  7. #7 CyberLizard
    December 2, 2008

    Wow, 80%! I’m quite shocked at my recollection of high school chemistry class. I thought I had filled all that space up with various computer languages and sci-fi trivia.

  8. #8 dr. pablito
    December 2, 2008

    100%. That wasn’t even tough. It does seem everyone gets the same test. They didn’t try to throw any curveballs: Au vs. Ag, As vs. At, Tl vs. Tm. Heh.

  9. #9 guthrie
    December 2, 2008

    100%, they should have included some of the more unusual ones like Cs or Rh.
    Of course, 4 years of compiling monthly ICP analytical data and some GDMS data, into usable tables, tends to mean I can do them in my sleep.

  10. #10 Rick
    December 2, 2008

    93% but I have been out of science for 10 years and only have a MS and an ABD

  11. #11 Romeo Vitelli
    December 2, 2008

    I got 100% and all I have is high school chemistry. I had to guess at Sb which wasn’t hard since I knew all the other possible answers. Did I earn a science nerd badge that I can wear with pride?

  12. #12 Alex Besogonov
    December 2, 2008


    Only is you also remember atomic weights, electronegativity and possible oxidation states of these elements 🙂

  13. #13 Nigel
    December 3, 2008

    100% easy. (Doesn’t everyone know Sb is antimony and Sn is tin?)

    I do have a batchelor’s in biochemistry, but that was 35 years ago, and I have not used my chemistry since.

    Actually there is a much better, harder elements test at, and when you are doing that one you are donating to charity rather than getting advertising for a dating site.

  14. #14 BobbyEarle
    December 3, 2008

    80%, which is not too bad for me.

    But I managed 100% on the soda test. I don’t know what this might mean, and I don’t think I want to know.

  15. #15 Horwood Beer-Master
    December 3, 2008

    93%. But then I haven’t done any chemistry in over 9 years (since I finished my A-Levels).

    Hang on a second, It’s 9 years since I finished my A-Levels? Fuck I’m old!

  16. #16 Jeff Knapp
    December 4, 2008

    80%. And I don’t have any sort of science degree. Just a computer graphics nerd who loves science.

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