General Question

kelly's avatar

why is the periodic table symbol for sodium, Na ?

Asked by kelly (1883 points ) March 11th, 2008

you would think it would be So, like carbon is C, and oxygen is O

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

7 Answers

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Many of them, like lead (Pb) are named after their latin roots.

Response moderated
omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Also, with lead, Pb stands for plumbumb, which is where we get the word “plumber” from, because they originally worked with lead and piping.

jrpowell's avatar

Read the first page of the wiki link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium

And this was a good question.. I am not snarking.

ordosingularis's avatar

There should be a question category for questions that can be answered with a chimp, 3 minutes, and Google.

johnpowell: I AM snarking.

winblowzxp's avatar

Sodium’s chemical symbol is Na for Nacium

Beans4life's avatar

Most elements on the periodic chart their symbols are based on either their Latin root words. That is how Dmitri Mendeleev organized it.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther