• A chemical symbol is a one- or two-letter designation of an element.
  • The majority of elements have symbols that are based on their English names.
  • Some of the elements that have been known since ancient times have symbols based on Latin names.
  • Watch the following video to learn more about the origin of different element's symbols.
  • The video also includes a quiz to test your knowledge of chemical symbols and formulas.
  • The quiz is hosted by the University of California, San Diego, and is open to the public.
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