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The Smelliest Element: Livermorium

The most stable isotope of livermorium has a half-life of around 53 milliseconds. Pupils understand the synthetic element and appreciate the unique properties with a video on livermorium. It describes the many scientists who collaborated on the discovery and the pride a town has in the naming rights as part of a larger series on the chemical elements.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss why scientists named the element after a city in California when they discovered it in Russia
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of the other elements in the same periodic group
  • Share the video without displaying the comments if at all possible
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Connects science, geography, and technology
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