Name a Valid Element

Can you name one valid element that falls into each of these categories?
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Last updated: August 22, 2019
First submittedAugust 21, 2019
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Category
Elements
Has a four letter name
Neon | Iron | Gold | Lead | Zinc
Found in the first row of the Periodic Table
Hydrogen | Helium
Begins with F
Fluorine | Francium | Fermium | Flerovium
A noble gas
Helium | Neon | Argon | Krypton | Xenon | Radon
Is magnetic
Iron | Cobalt | Nickel
Is named after a town in Sweden
Yttrium | Terbium | Holmium | Erbium | Ytterbium
Is yellow
Sulfur | Chlorine | Gold
Liquid at room temperature
Bromine | Mercury
Named for a current planet
Uranium | Neptunium
Named after a U.S. State
Californium | Tennessine
Component of table salt
Sodium | Chlorine
Component of glucose
Hydrogen | Carbon | Oxygen
Abbreviation shares no letters with the name of the element
Sodium | Potassium | Silver | + 5 others
One of the four most recent elements to be added
Nihonium | Moscovium | Tennessine | Oganesson
Has an atomic number between 20 and 25
Calcium | Scandium | Titanium | Vanadium |
Chromium | Manganese
Named after a woman
Curium | Meitnerium
Its abbreviation is a single vowel
Oxygen | Yttrium | Iodine | Uranium
Named after another element
Radon | Molybdenum | Platinum | Protactinium
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Level 47
Aug 21, 2019
There is another element, that are named after another:

Proactinium

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Level 64
Aug 21, 2019
Added!
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Level 87
Aug 21, 2019
Proactinium doesn't seem to work??
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Level 82
Aug 21, 2019
You have to spell it correctly.
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Level 73
Sep 7, 2019
It's "protactinium".
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Level 83
Aug 21, 2019
Tungsten has no letter in common with its abbreviation W.
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Level 64
Aug 21, 2019
Sorry, I made an error with the type-in. It is now awaiting re approval
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Level 87
Aug 21, 2019
Also lead doesn't seem to work
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
Lead works.
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
Lead works, pb doesnt, which is what i first tried.
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Level 50
Sep 7, 2019
Technically it does though. Tungsten is also called Wolfram
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Level 64
Sep 7, 2019
As much as I’m a fan of things that are very close to my name, we are only using the official names
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Level 81
Aug 21, 2019
Should Mercury be allowed for planet question?
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Level 82
Aug 21, 2019
It wasn't actually named after the planet like Uranium, Neptunium, and Plutonium were, but it does share a name with a current planet.
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
Just looked it up. The element was named for the god.
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2020
but so were the planets...so thus by the transitive property...... :-)
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Level 55
May 29, 2022
That’s one cause two effects, not the transitive property.
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Level 69
Aug 21, 2019
Isn't neodymium also magnetic? Mercury doesn't share any letter with Hg either
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Level 64
Aug 21, 2019
Neodymium Magnets are actually made of an alloy of Neodymium, Iron, and Boron. But I added Mercury
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Level 57
Oct 17, 2019
But I'm pretty sure Gadolinium is magnetic
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Level 55
May 29, 2022
Gadolinium is the most paramagnetic element, but it is only ferromagnetic below room temperature.
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Level 90
Aug 21, 2019
Named after another element = Platinum (“little silver”)
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Level 64
Aug 21, 2019
Added. Also I discovered Molybdenum is named after lead
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
I cant see how they got molybdenjm out of lead haha. How about quicksilver=mercury?

I that was the only one i could think of when ytterbium and erbium etc didnt work.

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Level 70
May 29, 2022
It’s named from ‘molybdos’ which is the Greek for lead. Mainly because it’s ores were confused with the ores for lead.
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Level 85
Aug 21, 2019
While you're at it, ruthenium (Ru, element 44) is also magnetic:

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-magnetic-element.html

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Level 24
Jul 3, 2022
Wouldn't ruthenium be ferromagnetic only in a specific shape e.g being in a realy thin layer of a certian crystalstructure?

I'm no chemist, just read the wikipedia aritcle and the citation to this claim.

Since the element in its "normal" state is paramagentic

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Level 75
Aug 22, 2019
I like these 'name a valid...' quizzes a lot
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Level 68
Aug 22, 2019
only one I missed was the town in Sweden. Didn't know any of those were towns at all.
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Level 90
Aug 23, 2019
Well, 4 of the 5 are named after the same town of Ytterby.
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Level 49
Mar 11, 2022
yttrium ytterbium erbium terbium

chemists really liked this town huh

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Level 72
May 29, 2022
It's because the mine in Ytterby lead to the discovery of a surprising number of elements. The discovery of yttrium, ytterbium, erbium, terbium, scandium, holmium, thulium, and gadolinium can all be traced back to samples from there.
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2019
Holmium is named after Stockholm.
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Level 71
Aug 22, 2019
Quicksilver (Mercury) is named for another element. Its Greek name hydrargyrum means "liquid silver".
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Level 79
Aug 22, 2019
"is a single letter and a vowel" Better: "its abbreviation is a single vowel." (I read that as single letter PLUS a vowel.)
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Level ∞
Aug 22, 2019
My mistake. Your suggestion has been implemented.
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Level 72
Aug 22, 2019
Isn't gold yellow?
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Level 64
Aug 22, 2019
Gold is gold
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Level 64
Aug 22, 2019
That's true, but I think it's close enough to count
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Level 77
Aug 26, 2019
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Level 80
Aug 29, 2019
Niobium for element named after a woman?
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Level 77
Aug 30, 2019
Also Vanadium...
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2019
Being a bit nit-picky, but it's not called abbreviation, it's called symbol (Fe is the symbol for iron).
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Level 58
Sep 7, 2019
I find it odd how Mercury doesn't work for the planet question. Sure, Mercury might've been named after the god, but the planets (including Uranus and Neptune) were also named after gods, were they not? It just seems counter-intuitive.
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Level 72
Sep 7, 2019
Nah, it doesn't work like that. It's like if you and your cousin were both named after the same one of your mutual grandparents. It wouldn't then be accurate to say that you were named after your cousin.
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Level 73
Sep 7, 2019
Can someone explain to me how those elements are named for other elements? I get platinum, somehow derived from silver, but the others baffle me.
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Level 72
Sep 7, 2019
Radon: Short for "radium emanation." It was discovered as a radioactive gas given off when radium decays.

Molybdenum: Means "lead-like," from the Greek molybdos, meaning "lead," because it's very similar to a common type of lead ore.

Platinum: From the Spanish platina, meaning "little silver," because it was first discovered (by Europeans, anyway) in a silver mine.

Protactinium: Originally called "protoactinium," meaning "before actinium," because it was discovered as the stage of uranium-235 decay right before actinium (uranium-235 decays into thorium-231, which decays into protactinium-231, which decays into actinium-227.)

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Level 85
Sep 7, 2019
Fascinating, I had been wondering about some of those too. Thank you!
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Level 66
Oct 24, 2019
Isn't Neopraseodymium named after Praseodymium ?
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Level 66
Feb 24, 2020
And about the symbols, I have to mention that Mercury (Hg from greek Hydrargyrum) comes from Silver (Ag from latin Argentum thus sharin roots with greek Argyrum), in fact the g there has the same root.
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Level 72
Jan 28, 2022
@diguedondon - Do you mean neodymium? Both it and praseodymium were named after the ore they were simultaneously extracted from, didymium.
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Level 45
Sep 7, 2019
Add Plutonium under the planet answer. Technically, it was classified as a planet when it was being named.
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Level 84
Sep 7, 2019
The clue clearly says current planet, which I think is a giveaway that they are not including Plutonium.
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Level 65
Sep 7, 2019
You should perhaps specify 'ferro-magnetic' as most elements are magnetic to some extent, depending on their state. You should add Gadolinium to the three other ferro-magnetic elements as it is FM at room temperature.
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Level 85
Sep 7, 2019
Loved this quiz! Got 100% but managed to learn a bunch of new facts about the featured elements, too.
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Level 60
Sep 7, 2019
Quicksilver for mercury?
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Level 50
Sep 7, 2019
Isn't Mercury named after the planet Mercury...
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Level 87
Sep 7, 2019
They're both named after the Roman god.
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Level 47
Sep 7, 2019
I was going to suggest adding copernicium for an element named after a women then I found out it's named after a guy xD
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2019
100% LET'S GO
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2019
I swear I was just guessing yttrium randomly for Swedish town. Radon made sense cuz it sounds like radium.
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2019
But wouldn't mercury count as a current planet?
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Level 72
May 29, 2022
Yes, but the element was named after the god, not the planet.
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Level 17
Dec 19, 2019
mercury isnt a planet apparently
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Level 72
May 29, 2022
It is, but the element wasn't named after the planet.
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Level 70
May 29, 2022
Some would argue that Mercury isn’t a god either…
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Level 66
Feb 24, 2020
Tellurium was named after planet Earth. Dwarf planets are planets too, so Cerium was named after dwarf planet Ceres and Plutonium after Pluto.

Also nickel is a short of Kupfernickel, named after copper (literally, demon of copper).

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Level 68
Mar 13, 2020
Is Mercury the element named after mercury the planet?
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Level 72
May 29, 2022
Nope, it's named after the god.
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Level 65
Jun 22, 2020
Cesium/caesium is also yellow.
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Level 63
Jul 26, 2020
Many more Yellow elements that the ones stated above.
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Level 73
Oct 2, 2020
Great quiz!

I agree with @ecalot that nickel is named after copper. Also zirconium is named after gold https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium.

At a stretch you could argue that copernicium is also named after two elements since Nicolaus Copernicus' surname means copper+nickel

One to add for an element named after a woman - palladium was named after Pallas Athena the Greek goddess and can also translate to "little maiden"

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Level 61
Nov 25, 2020
I wanted to say Palladium too, but I looked it up and apparently, it was named after some asteroid, not the goddes. The asteroid of course was named after the goddes, but the author doesn't count those. For the same reason, he doesn't count Mercury, because it wasn't named after the planet.
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Level 58
May 29, 2021
Good info, nice one - I tried copernicium as well. However, it was named after a person, not directly after a substance, so I agree that copernicium shouldn't count.
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Level 65
Feb 26, 2021
Just for kicks, potentially add Iodine to the table salt ingredients considering most table salts are iodized nowadays?
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Level 32
Feb 27, 2021
Y isn't a vowel
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Level 30
May 31, 2022
it can be a vowel or a consonant.
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2022
If we count latin then mercury is named ''water silver'' but I understand if you don't
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Level 57
May 29, 2022
Surely all elements other than copper (the earliest-named element) should be valid for “named after another element”‽ Only one thing can be first, after all! /s
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Level 48
May 29, 2022
Very disappointed to learn that Beryllium is not named after Beryl Reid.
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Level 75
May 29, 2022
Selenium is named after Selene, the goddess of the moon right? So could that be excepted for the woman thing. I guess woman implies it's human actually
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Level 41
May 29, 2022
Mercury is a planet
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Level 70
May 29, 2022
Pretty sure they’ve dealt with this already
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Level 32
May 30, 2022
Technically Ytterbium, Yttrium, Terbium and Erbium were named after the quarry Ytterby, not the village itself.

Also you could argue Tellurium is named after the planet Earth.

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Level 58
Jun 10, 2022
Why is yttrium a element, which abbreviation is a single vowel?

Yttrium is Y, which is not a vowel, only a,e,i,o and u are. I dont think it should be included there.

Can anyone comment on why some native english speakers sometimes and it to the vowels?

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Level 24
Jul 3, 2022
Since when is Y a vowel?
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Level 50
Jul 27, 2022
"Abbreviation shares no letters with the name of the element"

Specify that we are talking about their English names, because many of the abbreviations come from their element's names in a language like latin