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Elements!

Theodore Gray's excellent site about elements and chemistry, makes excellent reading. He also has a really nifty book out showing dangerous and impressive demonstrations of chemistry. I bought a signed copy, it's a really fun read. Granted, about a third of the things he shows are things I've tried myself, and a handful more are things I may well try in the future. The rest are something I'm not about to attempt alone!

While admiring his excellent element collection, I started musing about what sort of an element collection I could assemble from things I already have around. There are a lot of judgement calls involved, but here's a first cut. I could make a case for things like chromium and vanadium, as I probably have some bits of stainless and other interesting steel alloys, but I can't point to them, so I'm not counting them. Similarly with several other elements (potassium, fluorine, bromine, niobium, manganese, and so on).

H He
Li Be B C N O F Ne
Na Mg Al Si P S Cl Ar
K Ca Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr
Rb Sr Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd In Sn Sb Te I Xe
Cs Ba Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg Tl Pb Bi Po At Rn
Fr Ra
La Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Tb Lu
Ac Th Pa U Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr
pure, separate
pure, inside something
mixture/alloy
compound
trace
do not possess
radioactive
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