For my first large (-ish?) project, I’d like to memorize the periodic table.
However, I’m not 100% on how to go about doing this. The primary information that I’d like to memorize would be the atomic number, atomic mass (to 6 significant figures), the name, and the symbol.
I imagine the best way to memorize the atomic mass is to encode it using the Major system – I think that will work fine. My only issues arise with the other 3 aspects.
My original idea was to place 4 images per location (3 for the atomic mass and 1 to remind me of the element’s symbol), and from that I could random access any element based on its atomic number. However, this leaves me with trouble when I need to access the number from the name or the symbol.
I’m thinking it might be best to simply “learn” the associations between the name and symbol, but should I do the same thing for the atomic number? I feel like there MUST be a better way, so that I can look up the atomic number by only having the element name or symbol.
Can anyone give me any advice on how to approach this?
An additional note: If possible, further down the line I want the ability to be able to append certain other information onto the element, like… electro-negativity, density, etc… If you can suggest any good methods for allowing this sort of appending, I would love to hear them!