Modern Periodic Table And Its Significance

History of the Periodic Table

Earlier scientists assumed that the properties of elements are periodic functions of their atomic masses. On the basis of this assumption, Mendeleev placed 63 elements in a vertical column called groups and in horizontal rows called periods.

This method was rejected as it could not explain the position of certain elements, rare earth metals, and isotopes. A scientist named Henry Moseley removed these defects and put forward the modern periodic table with the modern periodic law.

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Moseleys Periodic Law:

He stated that the properties of elements are periodic functions of their atomic number.

Modern Periodic Table:

A tabular arrangement of elements in groups and periods which highlights the regular trends in properties of elements is defined as the periodic table.

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Elements of the modern periodic table

Features of Modern Periodic Table

There are eighteen vertical columns known as groups in the modern periodic table which are arranged from left to right and seven horizontal rows which are known as periods.

Group number Group name Property
Group 1 or IA Alkali metals They form strong alkalis with water
Group 2 or IIA Alkaline earth metals They also form alkalis but weaker than group 1 elements
Group 13 or IIIA Boron family Boron is the first member of this family
Group 14 or IVA Carbon family Carbon is the first member of this property
Group 15 or VA Nitrogen family This group has non-metals and metalloids
Group 16 or VIA Oxygen family They are also known as chalcogens
Group 17 or VIIA Halogen family The elements of this group form salts.
Group 18 Zero group They are noble gases and under normal conditions they are inert.

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Classifications Of Elements in the Periodic Table

The elements of group 1, 2, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 are known as the main group elements or normal elements. The elements of groups 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 are known as the transition elements. Group 18 is called noble gases or inert gases. Their outermost shell is completely filled. Due to this stable electronic configuration, they generally don’t react with the other elements.

When we talk about the periods of a modern periodic table, one should keep in mind that the number of shells present in an atom determines its period number. The elements of period one will have only one shell, elements of period two will have two shells and so on. The first period of the modern periodic table is the shortest period as it contains only two elements. The period number two and three consists of eight elements each and is known as short groups. Period four and five have eighteen elements and are known as the long group. In the modern periodic table, group number 3 of period six contains the lanthanide series which are the rare earth elements. We have radioactive elements (actinides) present in group 3 of period seven.

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