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A Musical Introduction to Chemical Formulas

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A Musical Introduction to Chemical Formulas

Physical Science

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You will relate writing a chemical formula to writing musical notes.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain that an element is represented by a symbol, consisting of one or two letters.
  • Explain that a compound is written by combining elements’ symbols.
  • Determine the number of atoms of each species in a chemical reaction.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Chemical formulas are a way for scientists to communicate which elements are participating in a reaction. Elements are represented on the periodic table by one or two letters. The first letter is always capitalized, and if a second letter is used, it is lower-case.

Compounds are composed of more than one atom of different elements. The symbols are placed together to demonstrate which elements are in the compound. If more than one atom of the same element is needed, a subscript is added after the element's symbol.

The final balanced equation will have the same number of each atom in the reactants and the products. If they do not initially match in number, then coefficients are used in front of the compounds to balance the chemical equation.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 20 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with the atom, formulas, and symbols.
Course Physical Science
Type of Tutorial Concept Development
Key Vocabulary atom, chemical formula, compound