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WATCH: This is probably the best way to memorise the periodic table

Because who doesn't need a refresher?

FIONA MACDONALD
7 FEB 2016
 

Back in 2013, YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE released one of the catchiest songs ever to help science lovers learn the periodic table. But a lot has changed since then - just last month, four elements earned a permanent spot in the table's seventh row - so they decided it was time to update things and make the song more accurate... resulting in the awesome version above.

 

The whole thing is set to the tune of the Can-Can by Offenbach, which means you'll never be able to get it out of your head and will probably find yourself humming about chemistry while cooking, showering, and, inexplicably, when you wake up in the middle of the night (seriously, it happened).

That sounds really annoying, but if you need to memorise the periodic table for school, it's actually the best thing ever.

The AsapSCIENCE team also make it easier for you to learn key elements by adding in little rhymes and illustrations about what they're used for - like "bismuth for your tummy" and "fluorine for your pretty teeth". Thankfully, the lyrics are provided in the YouTube description so you can sing (and learn) as you go. 

It starts out pretty easy, but as things speed up towards the end, you get to enjoy the inconveniently named newer elements, like nunpentium, Livermorium, Ununseptium, and Ununoctium.

So watch, learn, and enjoy, because singing sure beats straight repetition in our book. Oh, and if you don't think you can do it, check out this seven-year-old who was able to memorise the original periodic table song. No excuses:

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