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why is the periodic table symbol for sodium, Na ?

Asked by kelly (1908points) March 11th, 2008

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

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omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

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

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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.

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.

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