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92 naturally-occurring, elements

  1. Jul 9, 2003 #1
    Out of all the 92 naturally-occurring, elements, ---------- and -------- are the only two that derive their names from those of people (and even then, not directly). Name both of them.
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  3. Jul 9, 2003 #2
    are they real people?

    Niobium - Niobe, daughter of mythical king Tantalus
    Palladium - Greek goddess of wisdom "Pallas"

    I hated chem!

    (net search - not my own knowledge admitedly!)
  4. Jul 9, 2003 #3
    Rf rutherfordiam
    Bh bohriam

  5. Jul 9, 2003 #4
    Cm - Curium - after Marie Curie
    Gd - Gadolinium - after Johan Gadolin (another french guy I had to search for the last one)
  6. Jul 9, 2003 #5
    wait Curium has atomic number 96 (that puts him out)
    I guess it is Sm - samarium and Gd - gadolinium

    google did it
  7. Jul 9, 2003 #6
    point for guybrush!
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