Actinide Series: Elements & Periodic Table

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Which naturally occurring element has the highest atomic weight?

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1. Where are most of the elements from the actinide series found?

2. Why is the actinide series separated from the main periodic table?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Check your knowledge of the actinide series found on the periodic table with this quiz and worksheet assessment. You must be able to identify specific elements and their characteristics in order to answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To succeed on this quiz, you must be able to:

  • Select the element with the highest atomic weight
  • Recall where most of the elements from the actinide series are found
  • Identify why the actinide series is separated from the main periodic table
  • Name the element from the actinide series with the shortest half-life
  • Note which element is the most commonly used in nuclear power plants

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as which element has the shortest half-life
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why the actinide series is placed where it is on the periodic table and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where actinide elements are found
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about which element has the highest atomic weight and which is most commonly used in nuclear power plants

Additional Learning

Expand your knowledge of this topic by reviewing the lesson called Actinide Series: Elements & Periodic Table. You can expect to learn more about the following:

  • When the periodic table was developed
  • Atomic numbers representing actinium and thorium
  • Creation of atomic numbers 93 and 94
  • Elements added to the actinide series since 1940
  • Characteristics of the elements in the actinide series
  • Element in the actinide series with the longest half-life
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