Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 7 - Periodic Properties of the Elements - Exercises - Page 291: 7.11


Answers to this problem will vary. Much of the overall reason as to why the elements were not discovered in order of abundance in the Earth's crust is because not all of the most abundant elements are easy to work with in a lab. In general, the elements were discovered in an order based on how easy they were to study in labs and how easily they could be isolated from other elements.

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